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COVID-19 & Motocross | Yamaha Cancels Rider Appearances


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Yamaha has announced that the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team and Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha will not take part in any public appearance or autograph signing due to concerns for the COVID-19 virus, starting this weekend at the 2020 Indianapolis Supercross. This is the first measure by a race team in the Monster Energy Supercross Series to address the ongoing issue, which is quickly impacting racing as a whole. 

“While we are truly sorry that our teams won’t have the opportunity to interact with our loyal fans, the safety and wellness of our racers, crew members and fans are of the utmost importance to us,” said Yamaha in a social media post. “We appreciate your understanding during this time, and we’ll continue to monitor the situation and provide you with any updates.⁠”

This is not an unprecedented measure, though, as major racing teams in MotoGP and Formula1 have taken similar steps in the last few weeks, with restrictions on unnecessary people visiting their hospitality and announced absences from public signings. Ken Roczen was the first racer in Supercross to do this, as the Team Honda HRC rider stated he will not attend any signing until further notice.

Michael Antonovich

Michael Antonovich has a wealth of experience with over 10 years of moto-journalism under his belt. A lifelong racing enthusiast and rider, Anton is the Editor of Swapmoto Live and lives to be at the race track.

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