New to the Ducati, and having missed some winter tests, Johann Zarco believes MotoGP's dose of five repeat events will work out well for him.

The revised 13-round calendar includes back-to-back visits to Jerez, Red Bull Ring, Misano, Aragon and Valencia. It's a practical solution to help fit in as many races as possible, while complying with enhanced travel restrictions due to the coronavirus.

Zarco has joined Avintia Ducati after two seasons at Tech3 Yamaha, then half a year at KTM and three races for Honda. However, he missed the end of 2019 tests due to injury and has thus only ridden a Desmosedici at Sepang and Losail.

"I'm pretty happy about the new calendar," Zarco told the official MotoGP website, during his latest training day on a Superbike in Catalunya.

"It was good news when I saw it and I think for me it will be interesting to have two races in the same place, because I need to learn the MotoGP Ducati. I have only six days on the bike at the moment, so to have a race and then repeat it will be good.

"We also have three-race weekends in a row many times this year and I like this kind of rhythm after the long break, so it will be good to stay with the team and repeat the weekends."

For similar reasons, some are predicting that the second race of each back-to-back weekend will be a good chance for the 2020 rookies - Alex Marquez, Brad Binder and Iker Lecuona - to shine.

Revised 2020 MotoGP Calendar (including free weekends)

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

 

15 July

Official Test

Jerez

1

19 July

Spain

Jerez

2

26 July

Andalusia

Jerez

 

2 August

 

 

3

9 August

Czech Republic

Brno

4

16 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring

5

23 August

Styria

Red Bull Ring

 

30 August

  
 

6 September

  

6

13 September

San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

7

20 September

Emilia Romagna e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

8

27 September

Catalunya

Barcelona

 

4 October

  

9

11 October

France

Le Mans

10

18 October

Aragon

Aragon

11

25 October

Teruel

Aragon

 

1 November

  

12

8 November

Europe

Ricardo Tormo

13

15 November

Comunitat Valenciana

Ricardo Tormo

(Final European race)

 

22 November

  
 

29 November

  

 

6 December

 

 

 

13 December

 

Deadline for any Flyaway races.

MotoGP 2020: List of 'To Be Confirmed' events

1

4 October

Thailand

Buriram

2

1 November

Malaysia

Sepang

3

15 November

Americas

COTA

4

22 November

Argentina

Termas de Rio Hondo

MotoGP 2020: List of Cancelled events

1

8 March

Qatar (MotoGP class)

Losail

2

31 May

Italy

Mugello

3

21 June

Germany

Sachsenring

4

28 June

Netherlands

Assen

5

12 July

Finland

KymiRing

6

30 August

Great Britain

Silverstone

7

18 October

Japan

Motegi

8

25 October

Australia

Phillip Island

 

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