MotoGP testing is an expensive game and there will be further reduction next season with only one flyaway test in 2019.
Teams had previously agreed to a testing cut because it saves a whole pile of money not flying to Phillip Island and other glamorous venues, and now they will only go to Sepang for three days before crating up and going to Qatar to test previous to the race there.
Jerez has been added to the test schedule after Valencia in November while Phillip Island and Buriram have been axed. The test calendar now looks like this:
Two-day official test in Valencia following the final GP of 2018
Two-day official test at Jerez in late November 2018
Three-day official test at Sepang in early February 2019
Three-day official test at Losail approximately two weeks before the 2019 Grand prix at that circuit
Three, one-day official tests on Mondays after 2019 events. Venues to be confirmed after publication of the calendar
One, two-day official test at a circuit in Europe during the season. Venue to be confirmed after publication of the calendar. As per existing rules this test may not be within 14 days prior to the event at the same circuit and not during the test ban period.
These restrictions don’t apply to teams which benefit from concessions.