The inevitable has happened; the threat of coronavirus has now claimed the first two MotoGP rounds of the 2020 season.
Though series promoter Dorna Sports had put a contingency plan in place to allow those travelling from major outbreak zones in Italy and Japan to enter Qatar more smoothly, the ever-changing situation that the emergence of COVID-19 has brought meant the Qatari government had to take further action.
Qatar's first cases of the disease were confirmed over the weekend, at the same time Northern Italy's confirmed cases shot up at a frightening rate to 1700. As a result, all travellers from Italy - pertinent to MotoGP or otherwise - are to be placed into an immediate 14-day quarantine. With so much of the paddock coming from Italy - and from Japan - the havoc caused by increasing travel restrictions would have spiralled.