The rules for this year’s MotoGP season have been updated – and the big news is that there’s going to be no wildcard riders in 2020.

MotoGP: No WILCARD rides in 2020.

News has been circulating about wildcard rides in MotoGP for a few weeks, but an official statement has been made which confirms that The Grand Prix Commission has made the call to drop them for the 2020 season.

It’s not a massive surprise, as this year’s racing will likely be going on behind closed doors – and wildcard riders would pose an unnecessary risk. The same also holds true for extra mechanics and engineers. Basically, it’s going to be a slim line paddock when the MotoGP season does finally manage to get underway.

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That does mean that Jorge Lorenzo will not get to race for Yamaha this year, as has been widely rumoured – and it also means that respected test riders Sylvain Guintoli, Stefan Bradl and Michele Pirro will not race as wildcards for their respective factories.

There’s still been no official confirmation from MotoGP organisers about when the action will get underway, but at the minute, there’s speculation that the season will kick off with a double header at Jerez in July.

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