2010 prototype MotoGP bikes to be unveiled in June

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The two post race tests on the 2009 MotoGP calendar will only permit manufacturers to test 2010 prototype bikes.

That means a host of new bikes for the 2010 campaign could be seen as early as June 15 when the first of the two permitted test sessions is staged at the Catalunya circuit in Spain.

The test reduction was one of the new rules approved by the Grand Prix Commission in Geneva yesterday (Wednesday), as part of a range of measures to help reduce costs in MotoGP.

Before the onset of the worldwide economic downturn, five post race tests were scheduled in Europe.

But that number was slashed to two to save costs, and it has now been revealed that the likes of Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner will be banned from testing between April and November.

The two tests in Catalunya and Brno will be for 2010 prototype bikes only and factories will only be allowed to use designated test riders.

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt