Spain’s Andalucia Pleases Sports Fans with First Major World Event Plan after Covid Lockdown

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SPAIN’S Andalucia could hold some of the world’s first major sports events after the international Covid-19 lockdowns.

The sporting focus would turn to the Jerez circuit, as MotoGP has proposed starting its delayed season, with two races on consecutive weekends in July at the same venue.

Moto GP says they’ve done a deal with Andalucia’s regional government, Jerez Council, and series promoters Dorna.

Now all it needs is agreement from the Spanish government, with race dates pencilled in for July 19 and July, as well as a round of the world superbike championship on August 2.

The season-opening race would be designated the Spanish Grand Prix and the second the Grand Prix of Andalucia.

MotoGP could steal a march on La Liga’s plans to try to finish off their season, with ministers saying that they could not see games being played before the summer.

La Liga is currently targeting a June return, with players undergoing coronavirus testing this week.

The MotoGP plans give Spain a big chance to host premium international events, whilst neighbouring countries like France have barred sporting fixtures and races until September.

No details were revealed as to how the races would be staged, but all are expected to be run behind closed doors and with only essential staff.

Dorna chief executive Carmelo Ezpeleta said last month he was optimistic of putting on races from July at circuits where they could be held easily without spectators.

He expected an average of 1,600 people at closed-door races, with manufacturer teams limited to 40, while independent MotoGP outfits would have to manage with 25.

Those in Moto2, one rung down, would be allowed 20 and Moto3 a maximum of 15.

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