All the MotoGP paddock can be successfully locked down in Qatar till the start of April following the Doha Grand Prix, with pre-season testing presently underway.
The 2021 season will start on 28 March with the Qatar GP, whereas a second spherical has been added following the postponement of the US and Argentine GPs because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vaccine programmes throughout the globe have accelerated in current months, with Qatar’s personal rollout having reached a degree the place it may possibly now provide jabs to the MotoGP paddock. This follows an analogous state of affairs with the Method 1 paddock in Bahrain, which is able to stay within the nation for the subsequent few weeks for testing and the opening spherical of the season.
Bahrain additionally supplied to vaccinate group personnel, though F1 determined to not take up the chance.
A press release from Dorna Sports activities learn: “The State of Qatar has considerably ramped-up its COVID-19 vaccination programme in 2021 and, because of this progress, it is ready to provide all travelling members of the MotoGP paddock entry to the vaccine.
“To make sure the well being and security of your complete tour whereas they’re in Qatar and on their continued travels around the globe this season, the Authorities of the State of Qatar has supplied MotoGP entry to COVID-19 vaccines.
“All members of the championship, together with these working and travelling inside the MotoGP paddock, could have the possibility to be vaccinated towards COVID-19. The vaccination programme is geared toward rising the private security of all these on-site.
“It would provide elevated safety for these within the MotoGP paddock and all people who come into contact with it as the game travels the world this season. The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports activities want to thank the State of Qatar for providing this unimaginable alternative to the MotoGP household, which is able to assist minimise any danger to the way forward for the championship and all its members.”
Regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic nonetheless inflicting concern, MotoGP is hopeful of working a full calendar – although additional adjustments are anticipated given the uncertainty surrounding a number of flyaway occasions.
Information of MotoGP being supplied COVID-19 vaccines in Qatar comes simply weeks after double 125cc world champion and veteran group boss Fausto Gresini tragically handed away after a two-month battle with the virus.