MotoGP™ Basics

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The testing of MotoGP machinery is an absolutely crucial part of the preparation process for the teams involved in all three MotoGP categories.

Scheduled test sessions at designated circuits in various parts of the world allow teams to test new machinery, collect crucial performance data, gather information about specific venues, try new tyres, undertake race simulations, try out new set-ups and resolve problems with existing machinery.

For the rider, tests also allow them to become accustomed to new machinery, gain experience of riding at the designated venues, improve or maintain fitness levels and familiarise themselves with new colleagues if they have recently moved to a new team.


In addition to test days after the Jerez, Catalunya, and Czech Grand Prix, the `winter´ is an important testing period for the teams. There is an almost two month long ban on any on-track testing for December and most of January, but the months of November and February are vital development periods for MotoGP.

Valencia (after the final race of the year), Sepang (Malaysia), Qatar and Jerez in southern Spain are regular test venues, providing an array of challenges and demands for the riders.

Indeed the selection of testing venues by IRTA and Dorna (see Governing Bodies section) is designed to give the teams and the tyre suppliers a good all-round variation in terms of track layouts and the locations are intended to provide clear, dry weather - as rain hindered practice runs are not generally as useful to teams as dry sessions.


The following important regulations apply to testing:

The `Season´ is defined as the period starting the day after the final race of the year and ending the evening after the last race of the year, both dates being inclusive. The Season does not include `Breaks´. A Break is defined as two consecutive weekends where events are not scheduled. The period of the Break extends from 09h00 on the fourth day after the Grand Prix until the following Grand Prix.

The `Winter´ is defined as the rest of the year, i.e. starting five days after the last race of the season and ending 14 days before the first race of the subsequent season, both dates being inclusive. The Winter does not include the `Pause´. The Pause is a period starting on the 1st December of one year and finishing on the 31st January of the following year, both dates being inclusive.

Testing Regulations – MotoGP class

The amount of testing permitted by contracted riders is restricted to:

  • One three-day official test at a circuit in Europe between the final event and 30 November.
  • Three of three-day official tests in the period between 01 February and the first event of the season.
  • A maximum of three tests, each of one day, on the Monday after events designated by Dorna/IRTA in Europe
  • Any activity authorised by Race Direction
  • No testing is permitted between 01 December and 31 January, both dates being inclusive.
  • Test riders, as opposed to contracted riders, will continue to be allowed to test for development purposes at any time and circuit using the "test tyre allocation" available to each team.

Testing Regulations – Moto3 and Moto2 classes

Moto3 and Moto2 classes have the following testing regulations:

  • At any circuit, with any riders, between the final GP and 30 November
  • Three pre-season official tests, but only with contracted riders, at circuits in Europe nominated by Dorna/IRTA.
  • Teams may also designate one GP circuit and one non-GP circuit where they may test at any time from 01 February onwards with any riders, but not within 14 days of an event at the circuit.
  • Teams may also participate in tests held on Mondays and/or Tuesdays after events in Europe when these days are not required for MotoGP class testing.
  • Any activity authorised by Race Direction.
  • No testing is permitted between 01 December and 31 January, both dates being inclusive.