Malaysian MotoGP testing cancelled due to pandemic

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(Reuters) - MotoGP's pre-season testing in Malaysia has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, championship organisers said on Tuesday.

The tests -- a shakedown and official session -- were due to take place at Sepang circuit in February but Malaysia declared a nationwide state of emergency on Tuesday to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

The emergency could last until Aug. 1.

"The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdowns and complications have obliged the cancellation of both events," MotoGP said in a statement.

A test at Qatar's Losail International Circuit from March 10-12 remained on.

The season is scheduled to start in Qatar on March 28.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Pritha Sarkar)