24 HOURS AFTER FRANCE FALLS, A NEW 2020 MXGP SCHEDULE APPEARS
Yesterday we printed the news that the 2020 French Motocross Grand Prix could not be held on its June 28th date under orders from French president Emmanuel Macron, who banned all mass public events until mid-July in France (which includes delays for the Tour De France and the French Formula 1 Grand Prix). We also said that the June 7 Russian Grand Prix was “iffy,” and that when these events were rescheduled they would shuffle the current MXGP schedule. Well, 24 hours later, the MXGP organizers have come out with a new race schedule. It’s been shuffled!
The MXGP organizers said, “Due to the global situation of the Covid-19 pandemic, further changes have been made in order to ensure the health and safety of the staff, teams, riders and fans. Infront Moto Racing alongside with the FIM, FIM Europe and the local organisers are working hard to preserve as much of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship calendar as possible.” Here are the new changes and a revised MXGP schedule.
(1) French GP: There is no new date for the French Grand Prix, but it will not be on June 28, 2020. MXGP is still looking for a date and have no plans to cancel the French GP.
(2) Russian Grand Prix: The Russian Grand Prix was scheduled for June 7, 2020, at Orlyonok, but has now been moved to July 5, which was on the schedule as the date of the Italian Grand Prix in Maggiora.
(3) Latvian Grand Prix: The Latvian Grand Prix will move from June 14 to July 12 in Kegums (July 12 has been an open date from when the first 2020 MXGP schedule was announced).
(4) Italian Grand Prix (Maggiora). The Maggiora round of the 2020 MXGP schedule will be moved for a second time; first from April to July 5 and now to July 19.
(5) Italian Grand Prix (Trentino): The second Italian MXGP in Trentino was scheduled for July 19, but has been moved to October 4, 2020, to make room for Maggiora to take the July 19 date. Having three rounds in Italy is a little excessive for what is supposed to be a “World” Championship, but Italy will get GPs at Maggiora on July 19, Imola on September 20 and Trentino on October 4 .
(6) Motocross des Nations: The date of the Motocross des Nations remains on September 27, 2020, which means that there could be as many of seven World Championships rounds to be held after the 2020 MXDN—plus the USA will most likely still be racing the remaining rounds of the 2020 AMA Supercross Championship and will not field a team (meaning that only European-based Americans would be available for the Team USA and they would probably not get AMA or industry funding).