Coronavirus: Season-opening MotoGP Grand Prix cancelled due to travel restrictions

The season-opening MotoGP Grand Prix in Qatar has been cancelled due to the coronavirus.

The race was due to take place on March 8 but has now been called off due to Qatar’s travel restrictions on passengers from Italy.

Moto 2 and 3 classes will carry on, with the crews already in Qatar.

A statement says: “Due to Qatar travel restrictions brought into force affecting passengers from Italy, the premier class will not race at Losail.

“FIM, IRTA and Dorna regret to announce the cancellation of all MotoGP class sessions at the Grand Prix of Qatar, including the race.

“The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has resulted in Qatar travel restrictions being brought into force that affect passengers from Italy, amongst other countries.

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