Rossi, Marquez: 20-race calendar the limit

MotoGP superstars Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi feel that a 20-race calendar is the “limit” in the MotoGP Championship season.

Since 2010, the MotoGP calendar has had 18 events but is expected to increase to 20 in 2019 with Thailand and Finland likely to join the fray.

In an interview carried by the GPUpdate website, MotoGP riders Marquez of Honda and Yamaha’s Rossi both feel that 20 races would be the limit for the calendar year in the sport.

“Two more races… I think 20 is the limit,” said Márquez. “I mean, 18 races is quite a lot already, 20 races will be two more, but then you need to manage well about testing and races.

“For example, Formula 1 has more races but less testing, they test on the simulator but we cannot do something like this.

“Two more races on my side we can accept, but more than 20 will be too much.”

Rossi agreed with Marquez saying, “I think we follow a little bit Formula 1, now Formula 1 is 20 or 21 [races]. 

“In general I prefer to make races than tests, for sure it’s more fun. 18 is already quite a lot, 20 we are at the limit.

“I think we can manage, what’s important is we go on interesting tracks, MotoGP level tracks, good to ride, with good facilities and asphalt and maintain the facilities to the high standards.”

The next round of the MotoGP World Championship is this weekend at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

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