Investment banks and America as a whole aren’t the only places feeling the economic crunch. MotoGP teams have budgets too. And in order to cut costs, about $100,000 per test day, teams will be reducing their non-European test sessions. Accordingly, the The 2008/2009 testing schedule will be the following:
November 26 -27 Jerez Spain
February 5-7 Sepang Malyasia
March 5-7 Losail Qatar Night test
March 28-29 Jerez Spain Official IRTA test
December 1st to January 20th will be a winter test ban where no teams are allowed to do any testing. Phillip Island has been taken off the testing calendar, and Malaysia will only host one test instead of the two that were originally scheduled. Testing days after GP races will also be sized down, and no testing will occur the Monday after Sunday racing at Jerez, Barcellona, Mugello, Brno, and either Hungary or Estoril.
Congress is of course considering an Economic bailout for all the teams, only time will tell if it goes through, or if it just becomes a stimulus package.