MotoGP™'s Covid-19 protocol: the key points

As we look set for a return to racing in July, Medical Director Dr Charte is adamant that the coronavirus protocol will be "very strict"

Speaking to ahead of the planned return to racing at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto in July, MotoGP™ Medical Director Dr Angel Charte outlined Dorna Sports, the FIM and IRTA’s Covid-19 protocol at the circuits.

Dr Charte has assured MotoGP™ is going to be very strict, especially at the first race, despite most Spain either in ‘Phase 3’ or the ‘New Normal’ by the time the MotoGP™ paddock descends there. Below you will find the key points from what Dr Charte had to say about the Covid-19 protocol.

- Do a Covid-19 test five days before the event

- Self-isolation for five days (after doing the test until the event)

- There will be random testing, if necessary, at the circuit

- Quiron Prevencion (part of Quiron Salut) will work with the MotoGP™ medical team to ensure safety

- Use of PPE by all personnel whilst traveling to the circuit and at the circuit

- Use of facemasks at all times when possible, encourage handwashing/hygiene guidelines

- Isolating personnel into groups, including riders on the same team - each rider will have their pre-defined team - and they won’t be able to mix


- Follow social distancing guidelines

- Tracking data using an app for the tests, daily checkups and who’s in contact with whom

- Daily medical checkups for all 1200 members of the paddock to look out for possible symptoms

- A lower capacity and staggered timetable in the Clinica Mobile so it doesn’t get too crowded

- Medical staff to use PPE and Covid-19 safety measures just like any hospital in Spain/Europe

- Anyone suspected of having the virus (showing symptoms) will be sent to a confined area of the medical centre for further examination

- If there’s a high chance of it being Covid-19 they will be sent directly to a local hospital (which will be on standby) where further swab, antibody and lung function tests will be carried out

- If the tests come back negative the person will return to the circuit and be treated in the medical centre

- If the tests come back positive for coronavirus they will be confined to the hospital or an assigned hotel under MotoGP™ medical direction control

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