In the midst of official team presentations for 2024, MotoGP now enters the final stretch for real on-track action with the first official tests starting in the next 24 hours.
MotoGP riders and teams they enter the final stretch for the new racing season which begins with the first match of the 22-match 2024 three-day March 8-10 in Losail, Qatar.
Before that, however, with special interest are expected the shakedown as well as the two official “sets” of testsin which all factories will present the latest developments of its motorcycles.
Even before that, and specifically today and tomorrow January 29 and 30the factory Ducati riders in MotoGP and WorldSBK they will be in Portimao, Portugal in order to… warm up with the Italian company's political motorcycles. So, at the Portuguese circuit we will see from their MotoGP camp Francesco Bagnaia, Enea Bastianini, Jorge Martin, Franco Morbidelli, Marco Bezzecchi, Fabio Di Giannantonio, Alex Marquez and Marc Marquez to train in their saddles Ducati Panigale V4 R. Also characteristic is the presence on the Portuguese circuit of the… retired Valentino Rossi, who drives, as in every corresponding occasion, the policy of the Yamaha R1.
The real racing action in MotoGP begins on February 1stwith the established shakedown at Sepang, Malaysia, which will last until February 3. THE Pedro Acosta, the only rookie rider for 2024, will attend the shakedown alongside the factory development test riders. In these tests, according to the new concession system which takes effect for the first time this year (read more here), their factory riders will also have the right to participate Honda and Yamaha.
Then “comes” the first official teston the same ground, which will also be three days (February 6-8). There, all grid riders will test and develop their bikes for the first time in 2024.
Another official test, this time over two days, awaits the factory riders on February 19 and 20which will be held at Losail of Qatar.