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The 2017 pre-season is set to begin in traditional style with the Valencian post-GP test, which will take place on the 15th and 16th November and see riders debut their colours for the season ahead – including Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) getting his first taste of his new Ducati.

After December and January see the MotoGP paddock take a break, the first tests of 2017 will take place at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia from the 30th of January to the 1st of February with the first official sessions of the year.

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After Malaysia, the paddock will head south to Australia and the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, for three more test days: from the 15th to 17th February.

The last pre-season test sessions will then see teams head back west to Qatar and Losail International Circuit from the 10th to 12th March – two weeks before the season kicks off proper at the same venue from the 23rd to 26th March.

Moto2 and Moto3 will have two official tests in March, one at the Circuito de Jerez from the 8th to 10th and the second at Losail once again, from the 17th to 19th.

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Pre-season MotoGP calendar 2017:

Valencia – 15th and 16th November

Sepang – 30th January and 1st February

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Phillip Island – 15th to 17th February

Losail – 10th to 12th March

Moto2/Moto3 :

Jerez: 9th and 10th March

Losail: 17th to 19th March

Tony Carter

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