The second MotoGP race of the season, scheduled for Thailand on 22
March, has been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus epidemic.
The decision to postpone the event in the northeastern province of
Buriram came a day after this weekend’s season-opening race in Qatar was
also cancelled due to travel curbs on participants from Italy and
Six riders in the championship’s 22-strong grid come from Italy, which has Europe’s worst coronavirus outbreak.
An alternative date would be considered this season, it added in the
statement. Thai Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, who is also
health minister and chairman of the event’s organising committee, had
announced the cancellation earlier.
The race is the latest in a long line of international sporting
events affected by the flu-like virus that originated in China late last
year and has killed more than 3,000 people and infected over 86,500
Thailand has reported 43 cases since January and recorded its first fatality on Sunday.
The MotoGP championship now moves to the United States with next month’s Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas.