The Covid-19 outbreak has caused many cancelations and postponements to the 2020 motorcycle racing schedule. Championship organizers from around the globe have been busy planning to get the 2020 season resumed.
Racing across the world has already started with Moto America starting their season behind closed doors at the Road America circuit. British Superbike (BSB) bosses have also announced a six weekend running calendar from August to October.
Simplified logistics mean that the series will not visit Cadwell Park, Assen, Thruxton, or Knockhill this year but each round will consist of three BSB races, rather than the usual two, featuring 18 races in total, with no end of season showdown. The format means that the champion will be the rider scoring the most points overall 18 races, rather than the playoff system that has seen the title decided between the top six riders over the last 3 rounds since 2010.
The championship is likely to begin with a test at Donington Park next month, with racing restarting on 7-9 August at the same venue. The series will later visit Snetterton, Oulton Park, and Silverstone before returning to Donington ahead of a final round at Brands Hatch in mid-October.
Although some logistical changes will see no Friday morning running for BSB riders, the support classes remain in place to give an action-packed weekend for fans. No decision has been made as to whether spectators will be allowed in; however, it is believed that championship bosses are hopeful that the events will not be held behind closed doors. As in past seasons, all rounds will be broadcast live on British Eurosport.
When will MotoGP return?
MotoGP riders have returned to motorcycle action, with the Marquez brothers getting some motocross in, Andorra opening their circuit up for professional athletes, Valentino Rossi and his VR46 academy coming back to the Misano World circuit on their Yamaha R6 and R1s.
The FIM and Dorna have recently announced the cancelation of the British, Australian, and Japanese Grand Prix, which means that British race fans will not have a British Grand Prix to watch either from the circuit or from their couches. However, plans are set to go racing by mid-July for the MotoGP championship.