Against the backdrop of rider moves, a calendar shake-up and different rules to play by – thanks to a development freeze instigated by Dorna in the name of cost-saving – the much-delayed MotoGP season has all the ingredients necessary for a classic
n the four months since the planned 2020 season opener in Qatar was abandoned due to the coronavirus crisis, the MotoGP landscape has changed considerably.
The financial bite of COVID-19 has forced governing body the FIM and series promoter Dorna Sports to rethink MotoGP in the short term, with the most notable changes being the ban on bike development for all manufacturers for 2020 and a freeze over the winter that will carry over to the opening of the 2021 campaign. This will put the efforts of winter testing more into focus for all manufacturers, with any apparent problems in their packages now potentially transformed into long-term flaws.
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