KTM is to become the first MotoGP manufacturer back on track since the easing of coronavirus restrictions.

The Austrian factory will hold a two-day test at its local Red Bull Ring circuit, with Pol Espargaro joining star test rider Dani Pedrosa.

The test, which starts today (Wednesday) is possible as part of the Concessions package available to both KTM and Aprilia.

The Red Bull Ring outing will be the first MotoGP laps for Espargaro since the end of the Qatar test on February 24, but rookie team-mate Brad Binder will have to wait a little longer since he is currently preparing to leave South Africa.

It was recently announced that Concession teams can continue engine development until the end of June, rather than abide by the 'Qatar spec' technical freeze for Honda, Ducati, Yamaha and Suzuki.

While KTM had been happy to 'lock' its engine spec at the same time as the non-Concession manufacturers, Aprilia has a new design to refine and a delay for Concession teams was subsequently announced by the Grand Prix Commission.

As such, the only 2020 parts officially fixed for KTM and Aprilia are the aerodynamics (homologated remotely by all six manufacturers on March 25).

However, KTM told Crash.net that the main purpose of this week's Red Bull Ring test is simply to act as a shakedown, given the long break since bikes and riders were last on track.

The opening race of the delayed MotoGP season is proposed for Jerez on July 19.

Official 2020 MotoGP Calendar (April 29)

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

 

8 March

Qatar (MotoGP cancelled)

Losail

 

17 May

France (postponed)

Le Mans

 

31 May

Italy (postponed)

Mugello

 

7 June

Catalunya (postponed)

Barcelona

 

21 June

Germany (cancelled)

Sachsenring

 

28 June

The Netherlands (cancelled)

TT Circuit Assen

 

12 July

Finland (cancelled)

KymiRing

1

19 July

Spain

Jerez (rescheduled)

2

26 July

Andalusia

Jerez

3

9 August

Czech Republic

Brno

2

16 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring

3

30 August

Great Britain

Silverstone

4

13 September

San Marino

Misano

5

27 September

Aragon

Aragon (rescheduled)

6

4 October

Thailand

Buriram (rescheduled)

7

18 October

Japan

Motegi

8

25 October

Australia

Phillip Island

9

1 November

Malaysia

Sepang

10

15 November

Americas

COTA (rescheduled)

11

22 November

Argentina

Termas de Rio Hondo (rescheduled)

12

29 November

Valencia

Ricardo Tormo (rescheduled)

 

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