Márquez, Rossi believe 20 races 'the limit'
10 August 2017 – MotoGP title contenders Marc Márquez and Valentino Rossi believe that a 20-race calendar is the "limit" for the series, with Finland and Thailand poised to join the schedule in 2019.
MotoGP's calendar has remained at 18 events since 2010, though officials have penned a deal for Finland to return in 2019, with Thailand's inclusion strongly mooted.
If none of the current 18 rounds are dropped it would lead to a 20-race calendar in two years' time, with Márquez and Rossi suggesting it would represent the upper limit for the championship.
"Two more races… I think 20 is the limit," explained 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 concurred with Márquez's viewpoint, stating: "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."