MotoGP
06 Aug
-
09 Aug
Next event in
71 days
R
Austrian GP
13 Aug
-
16 Aug
Next event in
78 days
R
British GP
27 Aug
-
30 Aug
Next event in
92 days
R
San Marino GP
10 Sep
-
13 Sep
Next event in
106 days
25 Sep
-
27 Sep
Next event in
121 days
R
Thailand GP
02 Oct
-
04 Oct
Next event in
128 days
R
Japanese GP
15 Oct
-
18 Oct
Next event in
141 days
R
Australian GP
23 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
149 days
R
Malaysian GP
29 Oct
-
01 Nov
Next event in
155 days
13 Nov
-
15 Nov
Next event in
170 days
R
Argentinian GP
20 Nov
-
22 Nov
Next event in
177 days
R
Valencia GP
27 Nov
-
29 Nov
Next event in
184 days

Marquez set for extra Sepang MotoGP test mileage

shares
comments
Marquez set for extra Sepang MotoGP test mileage
By:
Jan 13, 2020, 11:03 AM

New factory Honda MotoGP rider Alex Marquez is set to take part in the shakedown test at Sepang that precedes the first official pre-season test of 2020 at the same venue.

Moto2 champion Marquez, who replaces the now-retired Jorge Lorenzo in the works Repsol Honda squad alongside his brother Marc, will be able to take advantage of a new rule that allows MotoGP rookies to take part in the shakedown test.

Previously, this was only open to test riders, as well as race riders belonging to concession manufacturers (currently only Aprilia and KTM), but the change was made because of the reduction in both private and official in-season testing.

Therefore, Marquez is set to join HRC tester Stefan Bradl in the shakedown test on February 2-4, giving him vital extra mileage aboard the RC213V.

Read Also:

The only other rookies in MotoGP for 2020 are KTM duo Brad Binder and Iker Lecuona, who would have been able to participate in the test anyway.

Tech 3 rider Lecuona, however, is in a race to be fit in time for the start of pre-season testing after undergoing arm pump surgery last week.

Biaggi linked to Aprilia test outing

Pol Espargaro (KTM) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) are both expected to be present at the shakedown test, but Andrea Iannone seems certain to miss the start of 2020 action following the revelation that the Italian has been provisionally suspended by the FIM for doping.

Aprilia test rider Bradley Smith is therefore likely to take on a larger role in pre-season testing, but the Noale marque is believed to be seeking a replacement for Iannone.

Max Biaggi, who won two World Superbike titles for Aprilia and remains linked to the manufacturer as an ambassador, has been mentioned by the Italian press as a candidate to take part in the Sepang test.

Max Biaggi, Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Max Biaggi, Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

It follows Biaggi's test run aboard the limited edition Aprilia RSV4 X road bike at Sepang earlier this month.

The 48-year-old did little to quell the speculation he could be part of Aprilia's MotoGP plans when he tweeted on Saturday: "Wonderful temptation! Do we get on the Aprilia MotoGP saddle? Are we starting to dream?"

Karel Abraham, who has lost his Avintia Ducati seat to Johann Zarco, and WSBK rider Lorenzo Savadori are also both thought to be in the frame for the Sepang test.

Related video

Next article
Podcast: Predicting a mad MotoGP star name ‘silly season’

Previous article

Podcast: Predicting a mad MotoGP star name ‘silly season’

Next article

Puig brushes off Marquez distraction concerns

Puig brushes off Marquez distraction concerns
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Drivers Alex Marquez
Teams Repsol Honda Team
Author Germán Garcia Casanova