Mugello, the penultimate Grand Prix without fans

The legend says that “Al Mugello does not sleep!” (In Mugello you don’t sleep), but for the first time the members of the MotoGP paddock who live inside the circuit in their motorhomes will not see their breaks altered by loud music until the wee hours of the morning, the noise of chainsaws to entertain the evenings, neither shouting nor chanting from the camping area within the circuit. The Italian GP for the pain of Valentino Rossi fans and the Ducati riders who last year already saw how one of the GPs canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic was going to be this year behind closed doors, for now.

So far in the 2021 MotoGP World Championship there have only been 2,200 spectators, 20% of the public in the grandstand, of the first appointment in Losail And given the increase in Covid-19 cases in Qatar, the second was already behind closed doors, just like Portimao, Jerez, Le Mans and now Mugello. So will the German GP at Sachsenring, between Catalunya and Assen
that by contrast they will have an audience. And after the hiatus of the holidays, once Finland has been canceled, the Austrian Red Bull Ring is preparing to also host two appointments with the public in its stands 8 and 15 August.

“Unfortunately, there will be no public, it will be like playing a Champions League final in an empty stadium. I remember the atmosphere during the tests on Monday: Sunday was full of people and the day after only the garbage and empty cans were visible, a post-nuclear environment. Sometimes you wonder what the point of racing without spectators, but it is better than nothing, and I hope that soon we will be back to normal ”, says Valentino Rossi.

Y the next GP of CatalunyaFollowing the latest measures adopted by Procicat, which expire on June 6, the day of the race, the allowed capacity of spectators in the open air at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit has increased. Of the 1,000 who were able to attend the F1 Spanish GP on May 9 to the 3,000 who could now enter the Tribunes and following the strict protocols markings of nominal seats and guaranteeing the safety distance.

The The first Grand Prix to accommodate a huge crowd for pandemic standards will be the Dutch GP at TT Assen for a cap of 11,500 spectators every day. Only fixed seats are available and respecting the distance of 1.5 meters except for cohabitants who can be together. And to be admitted to the event you have to give negative in a quick test.