- Offer follows country's rapid vaccine rollout
- MotoGP paddock to remain in Qatar until April
The Qatari state has offered the Covid-19 vaccine to the MotoGP paddock and series personnel travelling to Doha for pre-season testing and the first round of the 2021 season next week.
The offer has been made due to the rapid production and rollout of the vaccine in Qatar, and comes after Bahrain made a similar offer to Formula One that was subsequently declined.
The MotoGP paddock will remain in Qatar, where pre-season testing is currently taking place, until the beginning of April following the first race of the season to reduce Covid-19 transmission risk.
'The State of Qatar has significantly ramped up its Covid-19 vaccination programme in 2021 and, as a result of this progress, it is able to offer all travelling members of the MotoGP paddock access to the vaccine,' MotoGP promoter Dorna Sports said in a statement.
'To ensure the health and safety of the entire tour while they are in Qatar and on their continued travels around the world this season, the government of the state of Qatar has offered MotoGP access to Covid-19 vaccines.
'All members of the championship, including those working and travelling within the MotoGP paddock, will have the chance to be vaccinated against Covid-19. The vaccination programme is aimed at increasing the personal safety of all those on-site.
'It will offer increased protection for those in the MotoGP paddock and all those that come into contact with it as the sport travels the world this season.'
MotoGP is optimistic about running a full calendar in 2021, despite lingering uncertainty and risk surrounding the pandemic.