Ducati offers radical solution to MotoGP 2020 calendar problem

Ducati offers radical solution to calendar problem

Oriol Puigdemont and Lewis Duncan
Autosport April 5, 2020, 7:25 am

Ducati believes it will be difficult to find 10 countries able to host a race this season due to the coronavirus pandemic, and has offered up a radical alternate solution.
The opening six round of the 2020 MotoGP campaign have been either postponed or cancelled, with the originally scheduled seventh and eighth rounds at Mugello and Barcelona highly likely to follow suit.

In a recent interview with Spanish media, Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta said he’d be “delighted” if MotoGP could have a 10-round championship later in the year.

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However, Ducati boss Paolo Ciabatti says this is optimistic, and thinks a better solution would be to find five countries and host multiple races there.

“We believe that it will not be easy to find 10 countries where [MotoGP] is allowed to run under more or less normal conditions,” Ciabatti told Autosport.

“A possible solution would be to try and find five, for example, and contest two grands prix there in 10 days.

“For example, if there comes a time when we can go to Sepang – to name a circuit – maybe we could stay there for 10 days and run two consecutive weekends.

Ducati offers radical solution to calendar problem

“With the current scenario, it is best to analyse the situation from a realistic perspective to try to overcome this emergency.

“The better times will come.”

Dorna and governing body the FIM have previously mooted the idea of running two races at the same circuit, though doing so on the same weekend.

Ciabatti’s idea comes with a practical benefit of also cutting down on the cost of freight.

The Ducati boss is also not ruling out the possibility that there will be no World Championship this year, and thinks it would “not be responsible” to think otherwise.

“As a team and as a company, as far as possible, we have to try to anticipate what may happen,” he added.

“And although it is obviously not what we want, not also considering the possibility that there is no World Championship would not be a responsible attitude on our part.”

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