This has just come through from Dorna, the FIM, IRTA and the Thai government – and it’s very clear that the Thai round of this year’s MotoGP championship IS happening, despite rumours of a possible cancellation.

There has been raised levels of concern over the round as the coronavirus is more widely reported on, but despite these public worries, Thai authorities have said that the round will take place as planned at Buriram on March 20-22.

The official statement says:

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Following communication from the Thai government, the FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports can confirm that the OR Thailand Grand Prix will go ahead next month. With the outbreak of coronavirus affecting a number of locations and events worldwide, the decision required official consideration as the situation in Thailand was monitored.

After consulting with the Ministry of Public Health’s Department of Disease Control, the Sports Authority of Thailand has officially communicated, on behalf of the Royal Thai government, that there is no major risk, with the country having infected patients under care and strict preventive measures in place – resulting in the highest rate of fully recovered patients worldwide.

The FIM, IRTA and Dorna therefore confirm that MotoGP will be back at Buriram from the 20th to 22nd March for another spectacular Thai GP.

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Tony Carter

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