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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
The official MotoGP winter testing programme has been confirmed.

The new MotoGP season will officially commence with the post-race test in Valencia, which will take place over three days from Monday, November 10 to Wednesday, November 13.

However, in a change to the new winter testing schedule, there will be no Moto2 and Moto3 tests post-race at Valencia.

Some teams involved in the intermediate and lightweight classes intend to carry out private tests at Jerez (November 14-15) and Almeria (November 26-28).

The testing ban commences from December and remains in place until January ahead of the opening Sepang MotoGP test in Malaysia in February.

In a change from previous years, the final MotoGP test will now be held in Qatar - rather than Jerez - two weeks before the now traditional season-opening night race under the floodlights at the same Losail International Circuit.

Provisional winter testing calendar, 2013-14:
November 11-13: Valencia MotoGP post-race test
February 4-6: Sepang MotoGP Malaysia test 1
February 11-13: Valencia Moto2/Moto3 test
February 18-20: Jerez Moto2/Moto3 test
February 26-28: Sepang MotoGP Malaysia test 2
March 7-9: Qatar MotoGP test
March 11-13: Jerez Moto2/Moto3 test

Tagged as: Valencia , Qatar , Sepang

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October 03, 2013 4:03 PM

@kris 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.

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?

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