13:31 – April 30, 2021
As planned, the French Motorcycle Grand Prix, scheduled at Le Mans from May 14 to 16, will take place behind closed doors. The organizers hoped to be able to welcome the public, but the latest announcements by Emmanuel Macron got the better of their last illusions.
The French Motorcycle Grand Prix will go well behind closed doors. Until Thursday, the organizers of the event had retained the hope of being able to welcome the public. The latest announcements by President Emmanuel Macron have ruined their last illusions of being able to offer the meeting in front of spectators, from May 14 to 16 at Le Mans during Ascension weekend. The major stages of deconfinement having been scheduled after this Ascension weekend (starting on May 19 with the reopening of cafes, terrace restaurants and cultural establishments as well as the resumption of outdoor sports activities) , it is therefore in front of empty stands that the Frenchman Fabio Quartararo will perform, leading the general classification of the World Championship after the first three rounds, and his rivals on May 14, 15 and 16. “Despite the presentation to the competent authorities of several proposals, the dates announced in the different phases of this deconfinement unfortunately do not allow to consider the presence of spectators”, regrets the organizers of this Grand Prix of France motorcycle, aware anyway since for a while that there was a very good chance that the race would take place behind closed doors. So they had prepared for it.
There remains the TV, with a race broadcast in clear …
Nevertheless, the disappointment is great today for them who had nevertheless presented the authorities with a health protocol to accommodate spectators in mid-May. A protocol intended to avoid the possible spread of Covid-19 which included a very small gauge on the Manceau circuit, but not only. To have chances of presenting the event in front of the public, the organization had also considered that authorized spectators are obliged to present a negative PCR test for Covid-19 in order to be able to access the stands. For nothing. And It is therefore only through their television screen that fans will be able to experience the meeting in two weeks. In addition in clear, since it is the C8 channel which will broadcast the Grand Prix on Sunday May 16 (at 2:00 p.m.).