Confusing situation at MotoGP and WorldSBK
With the double race in Qatar, FIM and Dorna proved in advance that they don’t care much about the MotoGP fans. It was clear to them from the start that fans would not be able to enter Doha. Everyone was also aware that the many drivers and team members for tests and Grand Prix races in the desert state inevitably run a high risk due to the associated trips. Because the Qataris are prepared to pay the highest fees compared to other organizers even without spectators, they turned it into a double event in addition to tests and a race.
Questionable MotoGP calendar start in the desert state
It is undisputed that the season could also have started in Europe. For example, when a sandstorm made the tests impossible on the 5th day of testing in Losail, the weather in Jerez and Portimão was postcard-perfect for days at around 20 degrees Celsius. Even if practically all European governments advise against unnecessary travel, Dorna ignored this completely and started the season in a country that can hardly be reached other than by plane. For the teams, most members said the test in Qatar was as good as worthless for the rest of the season. As in Sepang, the main reason for this is the special climatic conditions. But even that doesn’t seem to matter to Ezpeleta and his people as long as the Arabs pay so well.
Spectators along the way – absolutely secondary for the Dorna
The Dorna didn’t care that apart from a few local visitors the rest of the world was locked out, the main thing was that the cash register was right. In addition, their boss Ezpeleta even took the cheek to describe the vaccination of a group of MotoGP paddock members in Doha as exemplary. However, not all observers consider pushing themselves up in the vaccination sequence in their country to be really exemplary; on the contrary, many see this as ice-cold egoism. To start in a country of all places that fell into disrepute with the miserable treatment of foreign workers for the construction of their stadiums for the soccer World Cup, apparently completely irrelevant to the Spaniards. Many people find this very cold-hearted.
Advance ticket sales raise questions
The situation regarding ticket pre-sales is now also confusing. Unsurprisingly, the Austrians were the first to shoot the bird. The advance sale of tickets for the Spielberg Grand Prix in August has been going on for months. We had already reported in January that they were the only ones there. Now, however, it was heard from your country that a major concert had to be canceled for July 2021 because it was not approved by the authorities. Does anyone really seriously believe that a month later tens of thousands of visitors will be admitted to the Red Bull Ring? It is well known that there are corrupt politicians in this country and every child there knows by now. But if they should allow the Spielberg GP, the music organizers on the other hand would definitely sue in court and certainly get their case.
Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours – the only almost certain tip
While in MotoGP only Spielberg offers advance ticket sales, which seems completely pointless, it looks much cheaper in WorldSBK. Most organizers hope for visitors to their events. Spectators had already been admitted to the French event of Magny-Cours last year. This is also how it looks for 2021. Here is the link for advance ticket sales: https://magnycours.francebillet.com/place-spectacle/ticket-evenement/sport-mecanique-ch-du-monde-motul-fim-superbike-mansbk21-lt.htm
The provisional combined calendar of MotoGP & WorldSBK
After Assen got a new date in July and Estoril was unthinkable at the beginning of May, the WSBK season is set to start on the penultimate weekend of May in Aragon. Due to Covid-19, the first and so far only double race of the near-series World Cup took place there last year. All MotoGP and WorldSBK overseas races are currently considered highly questionable. It will also be interesting what will happen in the absence of permission for viewers with various events such as Assen (for both series), Misano for WSBK, Mugello, Silverstone and Sachsenring.