Northern Talent Cup calendar changes
A revised calendar confirms the new date at Assen alongside WorldSBK and the postponement of the Austrian Round alongside the IDM
Thursday, 26 March 2020
Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, a number of changes have been made to the 2020 Northern Talent Cup calendar.
Following the announcement by the FIM and Dorna WSBK Organization regarding the postponement of the Dutch Round of WorldSBK, as well as the IDM’s subsequent announcement that they are to postpone the start of their season, the NTC calendar has been revised.
The preseason test at Oschersleben, originally planned for the 4th to the 5th of April, will now be rescheduled. However, the format will be maintained: the day before the test, there will be a day of administrative verifications, briefings and photo/videoshoots for the riders and teams, followed by two days reserved for track action. The new test date will be announced with a minimum of two weeks notice to allow plenty of time for preparation.
The NTC Dutch round that was set to take place from the 17th to the 19th of April will still race alongside WorldSBK at the TT Circuit Assen, with the event now rescheduled for the 21st to the 23rd of August.
The NTC races at the Red Bull Ring, originally planned alongside the IDM on the 22nd to the 24th of May, will be rescheduled. Dorna is working with the IDM to either find a new date for the Austrian Round or to host that round of the NTC at another location.
As of today the first racing event for the NTC is scheduled for the 3rd to the 6th of June at Oschersleben, alongside Speedweek. As previously confirmed, a test will take place beforehand as the first NTC round will not take place before a test has been completed.
Aided by the support of government health authorities, Dorna Sports is closely monitoring the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. As the situation remains in a state of constant evolution, a new date for the test and the Austrian Round cannot be confirmed until it becomes clearer when exactly it will be possible to hold these events. A revised calendar will be published as soon as available.
Dorna is making every effort to maintain the number of NTC events and the format of each event. Cancellation of the Northern Talent Cup is absolutely not being considered at this time.