A MotoGP test at Portimao has been confirmed for October 7-8, ahead of the circuit's grand prix debut on November 19-22.

The test - just before the French Grand Prix - will feature a mix of MotoGP machines used by official test riders, plus MotoGP riders learning the challenging Portuguese circuit on street bikes.

Among the test riders confirmed for the outing is triple MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo, who will be making his first Yamaha laps since his test rider debut at Sepang in February.

Lorenzo will be joined by former rival and current KTM test rider Dani Pedrosa, plus Ducati's Michele Pirro and Honda's Stefan Bradl.

The final test entry list is yet to be published, but 14 MotoGP race riders are so far confirmed as attending the test on production bikes.

"It’s a nice track. Clearly I will go with the Panigale to have a bike with power and learn the track," said Johann Zarco. "I tested the R6 5 years ago and I already don’t remember all the corners.

"What I see on TV is it's the kind of track that’s well made to enjoy. Not all tight corners, going at 50kph. What can be difficult is it’s uphill and downhill with a powerful bike it’s hard to manage. Moto3 it’s the best, Moto2 on the limit and MotoGP I don’t know. Maybe the lap time difference between Moto2 and MotoGP will be low. It seems a bit tricky to use the power of the MotoGP bike."

Valentino Rossi confirmed that the VR46 Academy will attend a private Portimao test on a different date, again with road bikes.

Official test - MotoGP riders (production bikes):

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team)

Jack Miller (Pramac Racing)

Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP)

Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing)

Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu)

Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3)

Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing)

Johann Zarco (Esponsorama Racing)

Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Racing)

Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini)

Alex Marquez (Repsol Honda Team)

Iker Lecuona (Red Bull KTM Tech 3)

Bradley Smith (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini)

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol)

Revised 2020 MotoGP Calendar (including free weekends)

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

1

19 July

Spain

Jerez

2

26 July

Andalusia

Jerez

 

2 August

 

 

3

9 August

Czech Republic

Brno

4

16 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring

5

23 August

Styria

Red Bull Ring

 

30 August

  
 

6 September

  

6

13 September

San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

7

20 September

Emilia Romagna e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

8

27 September

Catalunya

Barcelona

 

4 October

  

9

11 October

France

Le Mans

10

18 October

Aragon

Aragon

11

25 October

Teruel

Aragon

 

1 November

  

12

8 November

Europe

Ricardo Tormo

13

15 November

Comunitat Valenciana

Ricardo Tormo

14

22 November

Portugal

Portimao

MotoGP 2020: List of Cancelled events

1

8 March

Qatar (MotoGP class)

Losail

2

31 May

Italy

Mugello

3

21 June

Germany

Sachsenring

4

28 June

Netherlands

Assen

5

12 July

Finland

KymiRing

6

30 August

Great Britain

Silverstone

7

4 October

Thailand

Buriram

8

18 October

Japan

Motegi

9

25 October

Australia

Phillip Island

10

1 November

Malaysia

Sepang

11

15 November

Americas

COTA

12

22 November

Argentina

Termas de Rio Hondo

 

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