The Austin MotoGP round has been officially cancelled for 2020, with the race scheduled to return for 2021.
The announcement of the Austin GP’s cancellation came via Instagram. Circuit of the Americas, the track that host the race, said this:
Big news! The fastest bikes in the world will return next year for an even bigger MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas on April 16-18, 2021! This year’s event on November 13-15, 2020 has been canceled. Ticket holders will receive an email with further information.
There you go. If you’ve already paid for a ticket to the event, you should get your money back, it sounds like, unless COTA is instead offering tickets to next April’s races instead.
MotoGP’s early-season visit to Texas was one of the series’ first schedule interruptions for 2020. Of course, it was due to the coronavirus pandemic. Back in March, organizers saw their 2020 plans put on hold as international travel restrictions meant they couldn’t move race teams between countries easily. Most countries started enforcing bans on large gatherings, so even if MotoGP was able to get its racers around the world, there wouldn’t be any ticket sales. So, in the second week of March, MotoGP said the Austin GP was postponed.
At that point, the Texas race was supposed to run November 13-15. The summer dragged on, and the coronavirus pandemic dragged on, and so did international travel restrictions for people headed to the US. For those reasons, MotoGP scheduled races in Europe, but wasn’t able to confirm the Austin GP. Now, it’s cancelled. No doubt the timing, close to the US presidential election, also was of concern, in the face of current American social unrest.