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The MotoGP™ winter break will soon be over, and that means engines fired up and bikes back on track. Pre-season testing begins in earnest for the premier class at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia on January 30th – with another two three-day tests thereafter, ahead of lights out for the first Grand Prix of the year.
2017 should be an exciting pre-season, as Jorge Lorenzo settles in at Ducati, Maverick Viñales has another shot at the top of the timesheets as he gets used to life at Movistar Yamaha – and reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) readies himself for another title defence. Here’s all the dates for MotoGP™ pre-season tests:
|MotoGP™ Official Tests||Date|
|Sepang International Circuit||January 30th – February 1st|
|Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit||February 15th – 17th|
|Losail International Circuit||March 10th – 12th|
Moto2™ and Moto3™ also gear up for 2017 soon, with the Circuito de Jerez first to host the intermediate and lightweight classes in early March - followed by a second official test at Losail International Circuit in Qatar the weekend ahead of the first GP.
|Moto2™/Moto3™ Official Tests||Date|
|Circuito de Jerez||March 8th – 10th|
|Losail International Circuit||March 17th – 19th|
Moto2™ and Moto3™ teams will also be taking part in different private test days and sessions as they prepare for the season.
Viñales was fastest in Valencia in November, Lorenzo was off to a flier and Marquez’ difficulties from pre-season in 2016 looked far behind him. After a record-breaking season with nine different winners last year, 2017 is sure to be another stunner – and it’s coming very, very soon!