MotoGP » MotoGP winter test dates confirmed

The MotoGP winter testing programme has been announced, with the new season officially getting underway with the traditional post-race test at Valencia from November 10-13

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Deano B

October 03, 2013 12:43 PM

Reading the article made me think about the current MotoGP calendar....

Is it just me or does anyone else think that the break between the end of the season to the beginning of the next season is way too long?

I understand that the riders obviously need a decent break after their hectic season and to test next years machinery, but if you dont include the testing dates off season it's more or less 5 months between Valencia to Qatar. Even footballers dont have that much time off!!

Surely with the introduction of new tracks, instead of squeezing them into the what is already a mad schedule. Dorna could perhaps spread the races out a bit more so we dont have to wait all this time to enjoy our sport?


October 03, 2013 2:00 PM

@Deano the problem is Qatar. I've read somewhere (in Crash) that it's a muslim thing to start it other than March and Qatar has exclusive contract to initiate the motogp.

thanks why imho it will be productive for the sport to kickout Qatar, so GP can start february or even january. I've also noticed that Qatar schedule is almost always timed with the annual rainfall in Qatar, that's why Qatar GP is always a wet race and sometimes suspended due to heavy rain - in the the desert.


October 03, 2013 4:03 PM

Muslim festivals are based on a lunar cycle so are different each year. The year is 354 or 355 days.
The first 3 years it was 13th, 14th and then 2nd race on the calendar. One shed load of money later and they open the season!
I think the real reason for the long gap is just to give the guys a break in Jan and Feb. They still have all the PR waffle to do though.

As for footballers. They should all get a 52 week break each year.

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