Sarthe was not affected by the restrictive measures that instead concerned 19 French departments, however, from Saturday evening it enters the generalized lockdown system put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19. If a certain flexibility was allowed in the two phases preceding the lockdown, this crackdown also implies the closure of shops and schools throughout the territory and a strong limitation of movements.
In any case, the organizers of the French MotoGP Grand Prix, following a meeting held Thursday evening with the Minister of Sport, confirmed this morning that the event will be held on the scheduled dates, i.e. from 14 to 16 May next. It will be the fifth round of the season, the third in Europe after that of Portugal and Jerez de la Frontera, which will be held between mid-April and early May.
Furthermore, after being one of the few circuits that welcomed the public to MotoGP in 2020, albeit with a smaller number than usual, Le Mans can still hope to have its event with spectators again this year. It is confirmed that the decision on the presence of the public with the conditions of access will be taken in mid-April. This will make it possible to confirm or cancel the reservations of the approximately 20,000 spectators, those who had kept their ticket for the 2020 edition before giving up to attend and those who bought it for 2021 at the end of January. As previously communicated by the organizers, it will be a decision taken with the authorities on the basis of the rules that will be in force with the Ministry of Sport and the Prefecture of Sarthe.
We also remind you that the French Grand Prix intends to renew itself this year, creating a Fan Zone if conditions permit. The project, called “Grand Prix de France Experience”, will replicate the Village of the circuit on five other tracks on the Saturday and Sunday of the event: spectators will thus be able to go to the Circuit Carole (93), to the Pôle Mécanique Alès Cévennes (30) and at the Chambley (54), Dijon-Prenois (21) and Nogaro (32) circuits to follow the Grand Prix and take advantage of the animations set up.
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