Next weekend, in Portimao, MotoGP riders will have their last two days of testing before the start of the season. The 11th and 12th of March will therefore be the final chance to sort out the new bikes, with one eye on preparation for the Portuguese GP. With fewer and fewer testing days, the role of the testers is becoming increasingly important and in fact, this weekend, three manufacturers have chosen the Jerez track for private tests.
From Friday to Sunday, on the track named after Angel Nieto, there will be Aprilia with Lorenzo Savadori, Honda with Stefan Bradl and KTM with Dani Pedrosa. Ducati, on the other hand, has chosen to take Michele Pirro to the official tests at Portimao, with a test at Jerez scheduled for the following week.
After all, this season, the manufacturers must carefully plan the testing days because the number of tyres available has decreased. While until last year the testers could use 240 tyres, in 2023 it will be only 200.
In addition to this limit, as required by the regulations, each manufacturer can choose 3 circuits where Grands Prix are held for testing. All 5 have put Jerez on their list, Misano is also very popular, chosen by all except Yamaha, which instead preferred Mugello, as well as Ducati. Valencia is on the list of Aprilia and KTM, while Motegi is on the list of the two Japanese manufacturers.
In summary, these are the test tracks chosen by each manufacturer:
Ducati: Jerez, Misano, Mugello
Yamaha: Jerez, Mugello, Motegi
Aprilia: Jerez, Misano, Valencia
KTM: Jerez, Misano, Valencia
Honda: Jerez, Misano, Motegi
There are no restrictions, however, when it comes to tracks not on the calendar, such as Aragon for example.