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Testing

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.

WINTER TESTING

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

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

The selection of testing venues by IRTA and Dorna 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.

REGULATIONS

Testing Regulations – MotoGP™ class

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

One two- or three-day official test at a circuit in Europe between the final event and 30 November.

Three tests, each of three days, organised by Dorna/IRTA between 1 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 1 December and 31 January (Winter Test Ban) and between 16 July 2018 and 2 August 2018 (Summer Break), in both cases dates being inclusive.

Contracted riders in teams who have scored less than six concession points may test at any circuit during the season using the team’s Test Tyre Allocation.

Contracted riders can test at a nominated circuit for a maximum of five days during the season using the manufacturer’s Test Tyre Allocation.

Test dates and riders participating must be informed to Race Direction prior to the proposed test, which may not be within the 14 days prior to a GP event held at that circuit.

A maximum of 3 of the 5 days testing may take place before the GP event at the same circuit, other tests must take place after the GP event at the same circuit.

Testing Regulations – Moto3™ and Moto2™ classes

Moto3™ and Moto2™ classes have the following testing regulations:

They may test at any circuit, with any riders, between the final GP and the 30th November

Pre-season official tests, but only with contracted riders, at circuits in Europe nominated by Dorna/IRTA.

Teams may test at any time from 01 February onwards with any riders, but not within 14 days of an event at the circuit. They are also limited to a maximum of ten days of private testing.

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 1 December and 31 January (Winter Test Ban) and between 16 July 2018 and 2 August 2018 (Summer Break), in both cases dates being inclusive.