Two races in Qatar to open MotoGP season, Americas postponed


FILE PHOTO: MotoGP - Qatar Grand Prix - Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar - March 10, 2019 Mission Winnow Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez and Team SUZUKI ECSTAR's Alex Rins during the race REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari

(Reuters) - The MotoGP season will start with two races on successive weekends in Qatar followed by a grand prix in Portugal, organisers said on Friday in a calendar re-write forced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Races in Texas and Argentina have been postponed until later in the year.

The opening Qatar Grand Prix is scheduled for March 28 with a Grand Prix of Doha at the same Losail circuit following on April 4.

"The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns and complications sadly oblige the postponement of both the Argentina GP and the Americas GP until the last quarter of 2021," MotoGP said in a statement.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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