MotoGP will have fans at Misano circuit rounds in September

MotoGP fans allowed
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Fans will be allowed into MotoGP races for the first time this season, at the Misano circuit in Italy next month.

The region of Emilia Romagna has given the circuit permission to open to a maximum of 10,000 fans a day for the doubleheader of the San Marino and Emilia Romagna MotoGP rounds Sept. 13 and Sept. 20.

There will be strict measures in place to protect against the coronavirus, and fans will not be allowed to roam around.

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The circuit has a capacity of around 110,000 including more than 40,000 in the stands and welcomed approximately 160,000 people across the three-day weekend last year.

Organizers say in a statement: “It is a decision that makes us emotional because it also represents a green light for the restart of world sport finally in front of the fans.”

The first three MotoGP rounds were held without fans and no spectators will be allowed into the upcoming doubleheader in Austria.

The most recent race was the first career victory for Brad Binder. Fabio Quartararo scored his first two career victories in the season’s first two races.

After a four-month hiatus because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the MotoGP season began July 19 at the Jerez circuit.

The world’s premier motorcycle road racing series announced July 31 that it will hold 15 events in the 2020 season, which will end Nov. 22 at a European venue to be announced.