After a first part of the 2023 MotoGP test in Valencia from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., we now attack, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the final stretch of the year 2022 in the premier class.
New season and mandatory modifications, a little reminder of the 2023 title contenders is far from superfluous…
This morning, johann zarco led the session for a long time, in 1’30.626 before handing over to George Martin at 1’30.576, then at Maverick Vinales in 1’30.325 around 12:40
As a reminder, the Ricardo Tormo circuit record still belongs to Jorge Lorenzoin 1’29.401, since 2016, while the best time achieved during the last GP was 1’29.621 per George Martin during qualification (See here).
No crash was regrettable for the 23 pilots, 23 from Michele Pirro He joined the MotoGP starters for a few laps early in the session.
Unsurprisingly, we saw a multitude of new fairings, wings and other aerodynamic appendages, and we’ll come back to them in detail, brand by brand.
Although between 12:30 and 13:30 there were only a few bikes on track, the session was really uninterrupted, and that’s why some riders allowed themselves to test-start directly at the pit exit. lane.
These are the times as they were at 1:30 pm
Results of the MotoGP tests in Valencia at 1:30 p.m. :
we see it, fabio quartararo he was the most assiduous this morning, and he was also one of those who resumed activities the fastest after 12:30 p.m. The Yamaha rider has tested various engine upgrades and numerous aerodynamic elements, some already seen at Misano, others new such as a rather bulky fin-crown assembly with a larger air intake. However, with a top speed of 327.4, it is still 8 km/h slower than francesco bagnaia and the times do not currently reflect a significant improvement. Wait and see…
At Aprilia Racing, which is keen to erase its poor performance on Sunday and which occupies the first two positions in the test, it seems that the ground effect provided by the lower fairing has been reinforced.
An element copied by Ducati in the machine johann zarcobut that is not the only aerodynamic evolution tested for next season, with for example narrower fins, or even mechanical…
At Honda we mainly use the prototype seen in Misano, also testing a carbon clutch, like on the Aprilia, and a new saddle-exhaust configuration.
Finally at KTM, in addition to the change from orange to red at Tech3, we also find the prototype seen during the two days of testing in Misano.
– Tech3 Racing (@Tech3Racing) November 8, 2022
At 2:30 p.m., alone johann zarco he is on the right track and the classification has not changed.
Results of the MotoGP test in Valencia at 2:30 p.m.:
At 3:00 p.m., Luca Marini climbed to 3rd position in the standings. Note that there will only be 4 Ducati GP23s next year, against 5 GP22s this season. Despite a very good season finale, it is Luca Marina who will stay on a GP22 with year-end specifications, unlike the drivers of the official team and the Pramac team. A situation that can be an advantage at the beginning of the season, but becomes a disadvantage as the months go by.
Two minutes later, the brother of valentino rossi achieved the best time in 1’30.267 under the satisfied gaze of Paul Grandsonwhile jacque rocca changed his Suzuki suit for the Mooney VR46 Racing Team…
Most of the riders are now back in their box or on the track, and Alex Espargaro performs numerous initial tests, as well as Maverick Vinales Y Miguel Oliveira…
Are we preparing something on that side?
Just before 3:30 p.m. Marco Bezzecchi occupies the 4th position.
Results of the MotoGP tests in Valencia at 15:30:
The “Aprilia style” lower fairing is mounted on the bikeEnea Bastianini.
Back to back, brad folder Y jack miller has rear ride height issues – fenders rubbing rear tire and damaging both.
francesco bagnaia try the closed wings and the ground effect fairing…
Miguel Oliveira he was in 3rd position, in the middle of the two official Aprilias: it didn’t take long for the Portuguese rider to get used to the RS-GP!
at 16:02, Marco Bezzecchi He is 2nd, 2/10 behind his teammate who had lowered the benchmark to 1’30.032.
Continuously updated article…
Results of the MotoGP tests in Valencia :
Classification and photo credit: MotoGP.com