Though Ducati's Wrooom! launch event at the Italian ski resort of Madonna di Campiglio was eagerly anticipated by MotoGP fans and followers around the world, with the chance for Valentino Rossi to speak freely for the first time since his signing with Ducati had been announced, it merely served to whet appetites. What the fans really want to see is the bikes back on track, to see whether Rossi's disappointing times at Valencia were just a fluke, or were more indicative of problems adapting to the Ducati.
Fortunately, the fans do not have much longer to wait. The compulsory winter break, during which no official riders are allowed to test the MotoGP bikes, ends on January 31st, with testing resuming immediately afterwards. The riders take to the track in Malaysia on February 1st, for a three-day test, heading back three weeks later for another three days from the 22nd onwards. Another three weeks later, the riders assemble at Qatar for a two-day night test seven days before the season kicks off for real under the floodlights, in the middle of the desert.
Here are the remaining test dates for the MotoGP class:
|February 1-3||Sepang I|
|February 22-24||Sepang II|
|March 13-14||Qatar (Night Test)|