MotoGP's test schedule for 2013 looks set to be almost identical to the test schedule from last year. Just as last year, there will be four official tests comprising eleven days of testing. Spain and Malaysia will once again be hosting the tests, with the Sepang circuit playing host to MotoGP, and Jerez and Valencia the location for Moto2 and Moto3 testing.
Testing kicks off immediately after the last race of 2012 at Valencia. The Moto2 and Moto3 classes test on Monday, November 12th, directly after the race, while the MotoGP riders get a day's rest before taking to the track on their new steeds. General admission tickets will be available for the Valencia tests on Tuesday and Wednesday, where fans will get their first chance to see Valentino Rossi back on the Yamaha, and Ben Spies on the Ducati.
The test ban kicks in on December 1st 2012, and ends on February 1st, 2013. The MotoGP class start testing again five days later at Sepang, from the 5th to the 7th of February, then taking a two-and-a-half week break before returning to the Malaysian track for another three-day test from the 26th to the 28th. In between, the Moto2 and Moto3 classes test at Valencia from the 12th to the 14th, and then again at Jerez from the 19th to the 21st.
All three classes then meet up for the first time at Jerez in March, with Moto2 and Moto3 testing from the 19th to the 21st, while MotoGP takes to the track from 23rd to the 25th. From there, all of the bikes and team equipment are crated up before heading for the first race of the year in Qatar. That race is scheduled to take place on April 7th.
Where the series goes from there is not yet known. A calendar is due to be released some time next week, with races in Austin, Texas and Argentina the next stops on the track. There is a chance that the Argentinian race could be postponed, however, if the conflict between Repsol and the Argentine government is not settled, and if the facilities are completed on time.
Below is the test schedule as planned so far. These are only the official IRTA tests; teams are free to organize private tests, but are limited by the number of tires they have available for testing.
|1st December 2012, 31st January 2013||Test ban|