Ezpeleta’s visit to Doha is involuntarily ironic
Even the first calendar from FIM and Dorna seemed alienating to most viewers in view of the anything but passed corona pandemic. We stayed decent at the time and cautiously called the first edition of November 6th, 2020 a “fair weather program”. But in the editorial office and shortly afterwards also among our readers, there were several pithier words about it. A start of the season in Qatar, of all places where the pandemic made a start of the premier class impossible in 2020 and then on to South America and then Texas. Many rightly asked themselves what that was supposed to be. But now Dorna-Zampano Ezpeleta went one better and became involuntarily ironic.
Exaggerated the goodwill and done exactly the wrong thing
It seems more than grotesque when a 75-year-old goes on a flight to Qatar for a meeting on security in connection with Corona. It honors the Spaniard when he tries his best to pull off a MotoGP and WorldSBK season despite all the adversities. But Mr. Ezpeleta himself takes the precautionary measures he propagates ad absurdum when he flies around completely unnecessarily. The Catalan, born in Barcelona in 1946, is said to be an engineer, but unfortunately he does not behave accordingly. All health authorities in the world warn against unnecessary travel. However, the little man ignores all warnings and wants to do his own thing. Many now fear that the former track director at the Calafat Circuit in Barcelona (1974 to 78) has been abandoned by all good spirits.
Supposed security – a bad joke!
The alleged “strict safety regulations” of Dorna call for PCR tests before departure and upon arrival in Doha. An absolutely bad joke! We did not find a word of criticism about this, even in relevant sports portals. So at this point again as a reminder:
– Covid-tests are worth less than the paper they are written on (as they are only a snapshot of the test time).
– Mutations have already been discovered which the PCR test can hardly detect.
– Every unnecessary group and individual trip (as necessary for Losail, however) exponentially increases the risk of Covid-infection.
– The number of infections has increased in Qatar, thanks in particular to various international sports events
– Without air traffic, the virus and its mutations would never have spread so exponentially, perhaps even remained in China.
The combined calendar WorldSBK and MotoGP
This is a temporary solution of limited durability. This was already foreseeable on November 6, 2020, even if we were possibly the only ones who had warned about it at the time. In WorldSBK, two events are currently missing completely. As in MotoGP, there is a huge question mark behind all events overseas. We were recently amazed to learn that the organizer ADAC is seriously expecting spectators for the Sachsenring in June. Ms. Merkel would probably answer this with a shake of her head, should anyone point it out to her.