MotoGP Combining with F1 in 2020

Shocking announcements were made to the motorsport’s community on March 31st. It was revealed that MotoGP and Formula One would combine individual rounds of their respective seasons when suitable. This follows after multiple races for both F1 and MotoGP have been terminated amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic. All professional motorsport racing has been discontinued globally for the foreseeable future. Decisions to terminate these respective leagues were made to benefit Crews, Supports and Drivers. It’s suspected that motorsports won’t resume until July or August 2020.

This marks the 1st time in either Formula One’s or MotoGP’s history that they’ve combined their respective Grand Prix’s. This’ll create a level of anarchy for event organizers, who’ll have to deal with an influx of guests on race weekends. It’s not known how these shared weekends will be scheduled. However, it’s speculated that Formula One would receive the Saturday & Sunday scheduling timeframes. MotoGP would operate through Thursday & Friday.

Both motorsport organizations have a Gentlemen’s Agreement, which stated that neither MotoGP nor Formula One would maintain a venue on the same weekend. This ensured that fans wouldn’t have to choose between one or the other. Considering that both motorsports share a large percentage of the same clients, it’s not surprising that this Gentlemen’s Agreement has sustained itself for decades. That’s why sporting analysts were shocked by the announced that MotoGP and F1 would share race weekends. It means the end of one of the most prolonged standing Gentlemen’s Agreements in sporting history.

Rescheduling

The Formula One Group and Dorna Association are collectively working together, going forward. They’re making sure to reschedule their respective venues that follow in the same locations. Silverstone could find itself for the 1st time in history experiencing a MotoGP Race and F1 Grand Prix throughout the same weekend. However, some believe these are false hopes on behalf of the F1 Group and Dorna Association.

COVID-19 could become a prolonged pandemic that sustains itself through the summer. It’s prompted the cancellation of the entire 2020 season for both motorsports. Organizers cannot genuinely begin to reschedule their respective Grand Prix’s until travel restrictions, and social distancing measures are lifted. WHO officials haven’t provided timeframes on when that’ll happen throughout Europe.

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