Testing for the 2022 MotoGP season will kick off as normal at Sepang next year, but the preseason will look a little different. After a three-day shakedown test at the Sepang International Circuit, from January 31st to February 2nd, where test riders will put the 2022 bikes through their paces, and rookies will get an extended taste of the MotoGP machines.
The official IRTA test follows on February 5th and 6th, a two-day test instead of the usual three days. A week later, the paddock travels to Indonesia, for the first taste of the Mandalika International Street Circuit. The MotoGP riders get three days on that circuit, from 11th-13th of February.
The Moto2 and Moto3 riders will have one official preseason test. Moto2 and Moto3 will take to the track at Jerez from February 22nd to 24th.
The MotoGP season is then set to start in Qatar on March 6th. The Losail International Circuit announced the date on Social Media a couple of days ago. How the rest of the calendar plays out is still unknown, and will doubtless still be subject to some restrictions and change depending on how the pandemic plays out. But as vaccination rates increase, its influence should wane.
Sepang will not be the first time the riders get their hands on the 2022 bikes. A post-season test is planned at Jerez for November 16th and 17th, after the final MotoGP round at Valencia.
The preseason test calendar is shown below:
|Sepang||31 Jan - 2 Feb||Shakedown test MotoGP|
|Sepang||5-6 Feb||Official MotoGP test|
|Mandalika||11-13 February||Mandalika circuit first test MotoGP|
|Jerez||22-24 February||Moto2 & Moto3 test|