The chance of there being 20 races on the MotoGP calendar in 2020 drew closer today, with the announcement that the track will be ready to host a MotoGP test later this year. On the 19th and 20th August, the factory test teams will spend two days trying out the surface and facilities at the Kymiring in Finland.
The circuit has let Dorna know that the track will be ready to host a test on those dates. There, the factory test teams will test the surface and gather data for Michelin, to allow them to select the appropriate tires for the race to be held there.
If the test is deemed a success, then the Kymiring will be added to the MotoGP calendar for 2020. That will bring the total number of races up to 20, the current maximum specified by the contract between the teams, IRTA, and Dorna. It is uncertain whether there will be a test with the full MotoGP grid ahead of any race at the circuit, as scheduling a test could be difficult. Instead, practice could be extended to give the teams and riders more time to find a setup during the race weekend.
The press release announcing the test appears below:
Finland test dates confirmed
The KymiRing will host manufacturers’ test teams in August
Saturday, 09 March 2019
Information on Official MotoGP™ Tests was recently published and further details about an aforementioned test for MotoGP™ manufacturers’ test teams in Finland can now be confirmed.
The two-day test will take place on the 19th and 20th of August 2019. The Kymiring has announced that the track will be in a condition to complete Grand Prix testing.
This test with MotoGP™ manufacturers’ test teams will provide valuable data to all MotoGP™ class teams, as well as the technical suppliers, ahead of the KymiRing’s inclusion on a future MotoGP™ calendar. Every manufacturer will be present and represented by at least one rider.