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Thailand eyes MotoGP in November, bids to extend race deal

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Thailand is hopeful of hosting its postponed MotoGP race in November after a delay caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The MotoGP Thailand Grand Prix was postponed by the Thai government in March, just hours after series promoter Dorna Sports and the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme cancelled the first round of the 2020 season in Qatar.

The race organisers are now said to be considering a rearranged race for November 21-22.

The Southeast Asian country has been gradually easing Covid-19 restrictions and has also reopened its borders, with limits, to business travellers and medical tourists. Last year, 95,000 fans attended the MotoGP Grand Prix in Thailand.

A plan to extend Thailand’s role as a host of MotoGP races until 2025 was approved by the Thai cabinet yesterday, the Bangkok Post reports. The country’s licence to host MotoGP events will expire this year.

Traisuree Traisanakul, deputy spokeswoman for Government House, said: “The government will pay for half of the €50m ($56.7m) needed to retain the MotoGP licence for five more years.”

The 2020 MotoGP season will start at the Circuito de Jerez in Spain with the Gran Premio Red Bull de España on July 19, followed by the Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucía on July 26.


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