MotoGP: Flyaways cancelled as Portimao looks to join calendar

Published on July 31, 2020
By Short Shift News

The ever-evolving 2020 MotoGP World Championship calendar continues to evolve after it was announced today that the Malaysian, Thai and Argentine rounds will not go ahead.

Previously, the flyaway rounds were scheduled in for the end of the season with dates to be confirmed, however today it’s been announced that these events won’t happen.

Despite these cancellations, the current 13 round championship will be extended to 14, with an additional round being added to the calendar after Valencia.

It is currently not confirmed which track will get the honors to host a MotoGP event, however with Portugal’s continued interest to host a MotoGP event, Portimao is looking likely.

Portimao hosts World Superbike events and has done since 2008 and will this year welcome the Formula One Championship to their calendar for the first time.

Portimao would be a good option for MotoGP, it’s underlating circuit provides a bit of everything, and as we’ve seen from WorldSBK in the past, it creates great racing.

The Portugal rumours continue, with Estoril also looking to return to the calendar.

Estoril featured on the MotoGP calendar between 2000 and 2012 and has recently hosted the FIM CEV Championship. It was also the scene of Jorge Lorenzo’s first MotoGP victory and the second closest ever finish when Toni Elias beat Valentino Rossi by 0.002s with Roberts finishing third just +0.176s behind the winner back in 2006.

There are also rumours that Jerez could be looking for a third Grand Prix after hosting the second and third rounds of the championship, the opening two for the premier class, mid-July.

The additional European round is set to be announced on August 10th.

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