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Speaking to French MotoGP™ broadcaster Canal+ on Saturday at the SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France, Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta shed some light on what we might expect the 2021 calendar to look like.
“Yes, our idea for next year is indeed to follow a normal schedule,” revealed Ezpeleta. “We would start in Qatar in March and finish on the Ricardo Tormo circuit in November. Then there are several possibilities but the most important thing is to have been able to demonstrate that we could be able to ride anywhere despite this pandemic, that our paddock did not present any risks.
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“We already have almost all the dates. We are not yet in a position to publish it, as we continue to work with Formula 1, to avoid potential clashes. But yes, the idea is to have a schedule that spans eight months.”
Ezpeleta continued, chatting about how the French GP was able to take place in 2020 and how delighted he was for MotoGP™ to once again return to the legendary Le Mans layout.
“It's a pleasure to be here and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Canal+ for all their work, to help promote motorcycles in France. When the pandemic broke, we began to discuss and work with Claude Michy, an extraordinary promoter. Despite the difficulties, we have found a way to come in October and we are very happy. I think this is an important date on the calendar. France has always been present in the World Championship, moreover this year with Fabio and Johann. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate all of the fans. Anyway, it was important for us to make the trip and we are delighted.”