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MotoGP 2020: Pre-season testing and launch dates

2020 MotoGP team launch dates:

Repsol Honda – TBC

Ducati Team – 23 January, Bologna

Monster Yamaha – TBC

Suzuki – 6 February, Sepang

Petronas Yamaha Sepang Team – TBC

LCR Honda – TBC

Pramac Ducati – TBC

Red Bull KTM – TBC

Tech3 KTM – TBC

Aprilia Gresini – TBC

Avintia Ducati – TBC

Pre-season test dates:

Sepang Shakedown Test – 2-4 February

Sepang Test – 7-9 February

Qatar Test – 22-24 February

MotoGP race calendar:

Qatar Grand Prix – 8 March

Thailand Grand Prix – 22 March

Grand Prix of the Americas – 5 April

Argentina Grand Prix – 19 April

Spanish Grand Prix – 3 May

French Grand Prix – 17 May

Italian Grand Prix – 31 May

Catalan Grand Prix – 7 June

German Grand Prix – 21 June

Dutch TT – 28 June

Finnish Grand Prix – 12 July

Czech Republic Grand Prix – 9 August

Austrian Grand Prix – 16 August

British Grand Prix – 30 August

San Marino Grand Prix – 13 September

Aragon Grand Prix – 4 October

Japanese Grand Prix – 18 October

Australian Grand Prix – 25 October

Malaysian Grand Prix – 1 November

Valencian Grand Prix – 15 November
 

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Rossi will not be on a factory Yamaha in 2021. I was sorta expecting it and yet here I am, still genuinely surprised.
 

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I was just heading this way to post these. Looks like Yamaha means business again and has solved their Rossi conundrum for 2021. Why do you hate the long term planning?


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You are correct. I retract my comment. They outwitted Ducati by doing this since their development hit a wall. Yamaha is going to be a formidable force.

Official: Lorenzo returns to Yamaha as test rider

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Yamaha will have three riders with similar riding styles with a proven development rider lead.
 

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Footage of Lorenzo on the Yamaha from the shakedown tests:


I can see a situation where Lorenzo enjoys riding again with the Yamaha, finds his competitive fire and wants to race in 2021. Lorenzo and Rossi together again in a full factory support Petronas team for 2021?!? :oops::ROFLMAO:


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All these manufacturers coming up with new liveries all the time and then there's HRC...haven't made a significant change to their liveries in like 10 years lol Same old shit, they just change like on little line or decal lol
 

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Ghey. I feel like it should have gone to a young guy that’s been competitive in an actual MotoGP seat. But, I’m sure he will do better than Lorenzo, and Frodrosa at the end.

No one is gonna dominate like Marquez, so it doesn’t really matter I suppose. Hopefully FQ can pick up where he left off.
 

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Buddy, Pedrosa was very fast. He won GP's every single year besides his final year. He's also doing wonders for the KTM team (according to them)
 

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Ghey. I feel like it should have gone to a young guy that’s been competitive in an actual MotoGP seat.
I'm not much of an Alex Marquez fan, but he was a consistent front runner in Moto2 and the world champion. If that doesn't deserve a seat in MotoGP, what does? Aside from that there weren't any young MotoGP riders available besides Zarco, everyone else was locked into contracts by that point.


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MotoGP: Alex Rins Tops Day One Of Pre-Season Testing In Qatar

FIM MotoGP World Championship

Losail International Circuit

Doha, Qatar

February 22, 2020

Day One Test Results (all on Michelin tires):

Alex Rins, Spain (Suzuki), 1:54.462
Joan Mir, Spain (Suzuki), 1:54.464
Maverick Vinales, Spain (Yamaha), 1:54.494
Danilo Petrucci, Italy (Ducati), 1:54.634
Franco Morbidelli, Italy (Yamaha), 1:54.700
Marc Marquez, Spain (Honda), 1:54.823
Valentino Rossi, Italy (Yamaha), 1:54.876
Fabio Quartararo, France (Yamaha), 1:55.074
Francesco Bagnaia, Italy (Ducati), 1:55.204
Aleix Espargaro, Spain (Aprilia), 1:55.268
Andrea Dovizioso, Italy (Ducati), 1:55.308
Johann Zarco, France (Ducati), 1:55.360
Jack Miller, Australia (Ducati), 1:55.430
Pol Espargaro, Spain (KTM), 1:55.449
Takaaki Nakagami, Japan (Honda), 1:55.627
Brad Binder, South Africa (KTM), 1:55.644
Tito Rabat, Spain (Ducati), 1:55.707
Miguel Oliveira, Portugal (KTM), 1:55.737
Cal Crutchlow, UK (Honda), 1:55.757
Iker Lecuona, Spain (KTM), 1:56.135
Alex Marquez, Spain (Honda), 1:56.552
Bradley Smith, UK (Aprilia), 1:57.027
 

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This is 100000000000% an accidental admission from Honda that they are exceedingly desperate to keep Marc because they KNOW that nobody else can do shit with their bike.
And now Marc hates the new bike. Haha, the old bait and switch.


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