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Luongo talks of GP plans

The world championship could start or end in the deep sand of Riola Sardo on the Italian island of Sardinia, and triple header GPs could be on the cards this year of Covid rules means spectators aren’t allowed to attend. That’s the view of Infront MXGP president Guiseppe Luongo.

The 2021 series is planned to start at on May 23 in Holland, with the Oss circuit replacing the traditional Valkenswaards venue which looks to be lost forever. This event depends on whether spectators will be allowed, which is looking increasingly unlikely. There is still a chance that the season might be pushed back. And if fans aren’t allowed in, the 2020 format of triple-header GPs could be used again.

Luongo told “Our goal this year is to compete with spectators alowed. If we succeed, there will be only one date for each track. If the situation with the virus continues to be serious, it is clear that we will have to think of other solutions, and perhaps also at the three events per circuit. But we will do everything to run with the public because without it, for the second consecutive year, it would be a catastrophe.”

Luongo also confirmed he is considering holding a GP at the deep sand track of Riola Sardo. It’s tricky to get to as it’s an island off Italy’s Western coast, and the paddock is not huge. But it’s an all-weather track and would be another deep sand track on the calendar. It’s a circuit that many of the teams test at, and runs the opening round of the Italian international championship.

“The season will start in the Netherlands, in Oss, but we are negotiating with Riola Sardo for a Grand Prix there, I don’t know yet if at the beginning or at the end of the championship.”