FIM Sidecar: 2020 season cancelled due to COVID-19 pressures
It is with heavy hearts and a deep sense of regret that in conjunction with the FIM, the decision has been taken to abort the planned five-round series for the current year.
Despite all our best efforts early in the year negotiating dates and facilitating an on-line entry system, the ever-changing situation between countries, and the various lock-down measures implemented as a result, destroyed any confidence teams and organisers had that travel would be possible, or even predictable.
The risk of a fourteen-day quarantine penalty imposed at the drop of a hat, is something most of our teams could not entertain. Virtually all of them have work and family commitments which they need to be home for after each race. That apart, the general uncertainty as to the situation going forward makes it impossible to plan with any degree of assurance.
The FIM is fully behind the decision, and this is yet another casualty in their sporting year with which they have had to deal.
We can all hope that going into 2021 the roadmap for the future is clearer, and we are able to bring you a Sidecar World Championship worthy of the name.
One thing is certain. All the hard work and planning already done will not be wasted. We have a solid relationship and the support of the FIM. We have a new on-line entry portal which makes it easier to enter. We have established good connections with circuit owners and organisers, and we are in great shape for the future.
Santander Salt/RKB-F1 Motorsport wishes to acknowledge all the hard work done, and extends thanks to all teams, colleagues, officials and all at the FIM who have worked tirelessly to get our beloved sport up and running again.
Here’s to 2021. Stay safe all.