After the expected Sepang cancellation, Ducati is now testing privately
As our readers have known since November, neither overseas races in April nor tests in Sepang in February were to be expected. We were the only portal to declare the planning of FIM and Dorna untenable, immediately after the official announcement on November 5, 2020. We had already pointed out then that the MotoGP would probably have to test in Jerez de la Frontera and at the Autodromo do Algarve in Portugal. It has just been officially announced that Ducati will be launching a private test in Andalusia from February 10th to 11th.
No more advantage for KTM as at the beginning of the 2020 season
We still remember well when, in the middle of the first lockdown, KTM benefited from its privileges as a “concession team”. At that time Austria was the first country to lift its lockdown and the oranges were able to test diligently much earlier than the competition. The result is well known, only KTM could handle the new Michelin tires from the start and benefited enormously from their advantages in Brno, Spielberg and Misano. This time, however, the tires remain the same and the most important thing is that the drivers can drive laps to shake off the winter rust.
The advantage for Ducati’s riders with their Panigale V4 missiles
This is allowed with superbikes and Ducati has a huge advantage over KTM. As you could see in Portimão last year, the KTM pilots rode on third-party makes. This for the simple reason that not even the Superduke from KTM is even remotely comparable to a real superbike. After all, Pol Espargaró’s Honda wasn’t painted orange back then. With their MotoGP Replica Panigale V4R and V4S, the Italians, unlike the Austrians, of course have heavenly conditions for their drivers.
On February 10th and 11th the Ducatis will roar on the Circuito de Jerez
The 3 Ducati rookies of the premier class Enea Bastianini (Avintia Esponsorama), team-mate Luca Marini (SKY VR46 Avintia) and Jorge Martin from Pramac Racing are preparing for the coming season in Andalusia. Factory team member Jack Miller and his old and new team colleague Francesco Bagnaia join the new Ducati team members. Of course, Johann Zarco from Pramac Racing will also be there and like everyone else, he will ride Panigale V4 Superbikes. Ducati’s test rider Michele Pirro will also be on the track. The Italian rides the GP21 in Andalusia after having ridden Jerez on Ducati with Zarco on the Superbike in January. Incidentally, the KTM home track will be 4 degrees Celsius next week and there is currently snow in Zeltweg too. For Jerez, it may still look like rain on the 10th and dry the next day, but at least 16 to 17 degrees Celsius.
The revised provisional calendar with many question marks
Let’s assume that the tests in Qatar will take place as planned in March, if a double race should start there afterwards. As we predicted at the beginning of November, we will then continue in Portimão. But only if the second edition of the revised provisional calendar by FIM and Dorna can actually be implemented. Especially for the overseas races, many have now understood that we were not completely wrong with our forecasts 3 months ago.
All events currently only with reservation
Not a single race is absolutely guaranteed for MotoGP or WorldSBK at the moment, and the best indication of this is the advance ticket sales. Currently, this is only possible for the Austrian GP in Spielberg, which may have a questionable background. The apparently short-sighted Chancellor Kurz (in English = short) from the Alpine republic only recently publicly claimed that the corona pandemic would be under control in the summer. Obviously his constituents drove him to this act of desperation, if you look at what has been going on in his country lately in this regard.