(Reuters) - MotoGP said on Thursday it will resume the 2020 season stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic with back-to-back races at the Jerez circuit in Spain on July 19 and 26.
Five circuits will host double-headers and Spain will have seven races as part of the revised 13-round European calendar here
“It’s been hard work from our side... finally we obtained these possibilities,” Carmelo Ezpeleta, the CEO of promoter Dorna Sports, said in a statement.
“In principle we have some circuits where we’ll repeat races one week after another, because this is easy for movement and to maintain the protocol, although there are others where we’ll have just one race.”
Eight races have been axed this season including the Qatar, Dutch, German, Finnish, British, Australian, Japanese and Italian rounds.
The third round will take place in the Czech Republic on Aug. 9 before two races in Austria on Aug. 16 and 23. Misano will host two rounds in September.
MotoGP said at least 12 rounds would be held but that number could increase to 17 with four races outside Europe between Nov. 22 and Dec. 13.
The only long-haul races yet to be cancelled due to the pandemic are those in Thailand, Malaysia, the United States (Texas) and Argentina.
Those events and dates will be confirmed before July 31.
Moto2 and Moto3 were able to start their season in Qatar in March as they were already there for testing but MotoGP was unable to race due to quarantine restrictions.
The updated schedule:
July 19: Spanish Grand Prix
July 26: Grand Prix of Andalusia
Aug. 9: Czech Grand Prix
Aug. 16: Austrian Grand Prix
Aug. 23: Styria Grand Prix
Sept. 13: San Marino Grand Prix
Sept. 20: Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
Sept. 27: Catalan Grand Prix
Oct. 11: French Grand Prix
Oct. 18: Aragon Grand Prix
Oct. 25: Teruel Grand Prix
Nov. 8: European Grand Prix
Nov. 15: Valencia Grand Prix
Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge and Toby Davis