British and Australian MotoGP races cancelled

FILE PHOTO: MotoGP – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – August 25, 2019 Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins in action during the race REUTERS/David Klein

LONDON (Reuters) – This year’s British and Australian MotoGP races have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers said on Friday.

The British Grand Prix was scheduled for Silverstone on Aug. 30 while the Australian round had been due at Phillip Island on Oct. 25.

“We’re saddened to have to announce the cancellation of these iconic events after finding no way through the logistical and operational issues resulting from the pandemic and rearranged calendar,” Carmelo Ezpeleta, chief executive of the commercial rights holder Dorna, said in a statement.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Jason Neely

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