The COVID-19 pandemic has already compelled MotoGP to change its plans for the beginning of the 2021 season, with the Argentine and US Grands Prix postponed and a second Qatar race added, as well as round three now taking place in Portugal.
February’s Sepang check was additionally cancelled as a result of escalating virus scenario in Malaysia.
Regardless of the pandemic getting into a second wave of infections throughout many nations worldwide, MotoGP is forging forward with its plans to get its 2021 season underway on time.
Pre-season testing has been moved to Qatar on 6-7 March and 10-12 March, earlier than the primary race on the weekend of 28 March and the second Qatar around the week after.
To make sure virus security, MotoGP has modelled its bubble protocols on that used for the Australian Open Tennis match and the NBA in America.
All paddock members should have a legitimate unfavorable check end result inside 72 hours of boarding the flight to Doha, and can take one other PCR check upon arrival earlier than being quarantined of their assigned inns whereas awaiting outcomes.
All paddock members might be topic to random PCR checks all through their total keep in Qatar, with 4 inns being utilised as bases.
Such is the strictness of MotoGP’s protocol no member of the paddock might be allowed to rent a automotive, with MotoGP organising transport to ferry the paddock between the inns and the circuit.
Nobody might be allowed to go away their lodge grounds for any motive apart from to journey to the circuit – although the potential for permitting group excursions throughout days off is being thought of.
At current, MotoGP riders are usually not being compelled to stay within the nation between the second pre-season check and the primary race – however all the Moto2/Moto3 paddock, which can check in Qatar on 19-21 March, won’t be allowed to go away the nation till after the Doha GP.
The identical protocols for arriving into Qatar should be adopted once more for any MotoGP rider who does return house between testing and the primary race.