KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 -- The cancellation of two MotoGP tests at Sepang International Circuit (SIC) next month, will not give a major impact on the preparation of Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team (SRT) before the opening round of 2021 MotoGP World Championship at Qatar Grand Prix from March 26-28.
Team principal Datuk Razlan Razali said, they respected the decision made by Dorna Sports following the recent announcement by the Malaysian government on the enforcement of a 14-day Movement Control Order (MCO) starting today in six states namely Federal Territories (Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya), Selangor, Melaka, Penang, Sabah and Johor to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
Razlan also revealed that he would discuss with the team manager Johan Stigefelt on their plan to carry out three private tests in Europe, pending clearance from the immigration department of each country they plan to conduct the test.
“I was made to understand that Dorna Sports could cancel another MotoGP test which is supposed to be held at the Jerez Circuit (in Spain) from March 16-18 due to COVID-19.
“However, I believe that the Qatar test (March 10-12) is more than enough for our team to improve our bikes especially on aerodynamics including reducing the weight of the bike before the race proper,” he told Bernama today.
Yesterday, Dorna Sports, the holder of MotoGP’s exclusive commercial and television rights announced that the official winter test of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship which was supposed to be held at SIC on February 19-21, has been called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia.
Dorna Sports also revealed that the shakedown test scheduled to take place on February 14-16 at SIC was also called off due to the same reason.
Meanwhile, SIC chief executive officer Azhan Shafriman Hanif in a statement issued today said, they have decided to postponed all motorsports activities during the MCO implementation period.
This, he said, includes the second and final round of the Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSBK) which was supposed to be held from Jan 20-22.
“We are looking forward to watch the actions from the Official Test before the season starts. However, with the recent Covid-19 spike, the safety and well-being of those involved remain our top priority and we can’t afford to risk the health of others,” he added.
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