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By motogp.com

Big changes made to MotoGP™ testing schedule

The Grand Prix Commission have announced new sporting regulations for the 2020 season and beyond

The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Paul Duparc (FIM), Herve Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), in an electronic meeting held on 7 October 2019, made the following decision:

Sporting Regulations MotoGP™ CLASS – TEST RESTRICTIONS

With the introduction of additional events in the Grand Prix calendar, the MotoGP class teams have been examining ways to offset the additional workload on riders and team staff by reducing the number of tests.

An agreement was reached between the teams to propose cancellation of the November 2020 test after the Valencia GP and the traditional March 2021 test prior to the Qatar GP.

The proposal was approved by the GPC and will become effective in the regulations from Season 2020, which starts the day after the 2019 Valencia GP.

Implementation of the new regulations will result in the following programme of MotoGP class tests:

2020 SEASON (STARTING 18 NOVEMBER 2019)

19-20 November, Valencia: Two-day official test.

25-26 November, Jerez: Two-day joint private test

02-04 February, Sepang: Three-day shakedown test.

07-09 February, Sepang: Three-day official test.

22-24 February, Qatar: Three-day official test

04 May, Jerez: One-day official test after the GP

08 June, Barcelona: One-day official test after the GP

15-16 June, Finland: Two-day Michelin tyre test – test teams only

15-16 September, Misano: Two-day joint private test

Moto2™/Moto3™ 2020 preseason test dates:

- Jerez Test: 19-21 February
- Qatar Test: 28 February – 1 March

2021 SEASON (STARTING 16 NOVEMBER 2020)

On dates to be confirmed when 2021 calendar is known:
- Possible three-day, pre-season test at Lombok, Indonesia if the circuit is in the 2021 calendar.
- Two of one-day official tests on Mondays after events. Circuits to be confirmed.
- Two-day official test at a circuit to be confirmed – probably Misano.