February sees Formula 1 and MotoGP scaling up their respective preparations for the new season as winter testing gets underway.

Elsewhere, the FIA Formula E Championship heads to Mexico, while the competition heats up in the World Rally Championship and action begins on two-wheels in the World Superbike Championship.

Here is a comprehensive guide to the rest of the month’s main action...

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2019 MotoGP pre-season testing 

Preparations for the 2019 MotoGP season kick-off on the first day of the month (today) with the Sepang Shakedown. From the 1st to the 3rd the Malaysian circuit hosts a shakedown test, prior to the first official pre-season test which takes place at the same venue between 6-8 February. 

Track action resumes a fortnight later for a second two-day test at the Losail International Circuit between 23-25 February, providing teams and riders with their final chance to get ready for the season-opener in Qatar on 10 March. 

2019 F1 pre-season testing 

February is the month for testing! Next up comes Formula 1, with the first chance to see the new teams drivers and cars in action at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya across the opening four-day test on 18-21 February. 

A second test takes place at the Spanish Grand Prix venue after a few days rest, with another four days of crucial running beginning on 26 February and ending on 1 March.  Sky Sports F1 will broadcast 20 hours of live coverage from the first winter test, while Crash.net will be providing minute-by-minute trackside updates for both events. 

WRC: Rally Sweden - 14-17 February

Six-time World Rally Champion Sebastian Ogier will be looking to continue his strong start to the 2019 season on his return to Citroen when Rally Sweden gets underway on 14 February. 

Ogier kicked off his title defence in perfect style by claiming victory at the opening round of the new campaign, beating chief rival and Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville in a thrilling final-stage showdown to secure his sixth straight win at the Monte Carlo Rally. 

Formula E: Mexico City E-Prix - 16 February

FIA Formula E’s new Gen2 car and regulations have certainly delivered so far in season five, with three different winners emerging from the opening three rounds. 

The competitive order remains too close to call but the Envision Virgin Racing squad bounced back from a difficult start to the season to claim its first victory of the campaign in Santiago as Sam Bird emerged victorious following an impressive drive. 

It is the Briton who heads to Mexico City as the new championship leader, having taken over from Mahindra’s Jerome d’Ambrosio by two points at the top of the 2018/19 drivers’ standings. 

WSBK: Phillip Island - 23-24 February 

Can anyone stop Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea in 2019? The Northern Irishman has been the dominant force in World Superbikes in recent years and there is little to suggest the form that has seen him take four successive titles will not continue this year. 

Rea stormed to a staggering 11 consecutive victories at the end of 2018 and will be keen to make the perfect start to a season he hopes will herald title no.5 at the opening round at Australia’s Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit towards the end of the month.