The French Moto Grand Prix could welcome the public !
The French MotoGP event, confirmed on October 11, 2020 despite the covid crisis, could welcome spectators as in the good old days before the coronavirus … or almost! Explanations.
Taking advantage of the fact that France has "never been so honored with the first two MotoGP victories for Fabio Quartararo, the return of Johann Zarco to the front of the stage and the first victory in the premier class of the Tech3 team of Herve Poncharal ", the organizer of the GP of France did everything to preserve the French event, postponed from May to October due to the covid.
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In the turmoil of the coronavirus, the Le Mans race seemed to have to be held behind closed doors like the previous GPs, but Claude Michy hopes to find a solution to allow the return of spectators, as in Italy these next two weekends.
Decision on September 23
"The organization of the French Grand Prix has been working for several weeks on scenarios allowing the public to come to Le Mans to support the French riders, after having worked to keep the French event on the calendar of the 2020 MotoGP World Championship", indicates this afternoon PHA Claude Michy: "the reception conditions will of course be specific and must meet strict standards, validated upstream by the Prefecture of Sarthe with which the organization and the ACO work closely".
The Prefecture of Sarthe, which would be "open to the file presented by the organization", will make its decision on September 23 whether or not to authorize "the reception of the public, in limited numbers". In the event of a favorable outcome, the public would access the circuit only on Sunday 11 October for the race, with "a division of the site by zones and without connection between each of the zones and a very specific route".
Despite the development of a "special Covid" health protocol, the tricolor event is to date limited – at best – to the tonnage of 5,000 people valid in France until the end of October … The authorization to double or no, this reception capacity is in the hands of the Sarthe prefecture, which must make its own. Hoping that the rise in the various indicators of the virus’s spread will stabilize by then: otherwise, the prefecture could impose a closed session … Raging, insofar as Quartararo and Zarco have never carried so high French colors in MotoGP !
In the event of a favorable outcome – hoped for by all those involved in motorcycle sport – the public would access the Le Mans circuit only on Sunday 11 October with "a division of the site by zones and without connection between each of the zones and a very specific path" , had informed the promoter Claude Michy by revealing his reception plan presented to the authorities.
Note that the World Superbike round scheduled for Magny-Cours from October 2 to 4 must also be open to the public, as Christophe Guyot confirmed to us in our GMT94 team manager..
"The reception capacity will be limited with a new configuration of the stands and the general enclosure of the circuit, leading to the establishment of a specific ticket office", specifies the organizer who will give priority from Thursday 24 to Monday 28 September to spectators who kept their order for the event initially scheduled for May: "all spectators who chose to keep their ticket received detailed information presenting them with the different possible options: book a ticket for October 11, keep the ticket. initial order for 2021 or request reimbursement ".
Finally, if there are still places available after September 30, they will be open to the general public..
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