MotoGP Test Valence LIVE: 2022 is dead, long live 2023! – Paddock GP

The lanterns for the 2022 season are still lukewarm but we are already preheating the spotlight for the 2023 campaign which will give, this Tuesday in Valencia, a taste of what awaits us next year in MotoGP. Here is the first test of the off-season which takes place on the same track which hosted the last Grand Prix of this vintage. With the new World Champion on his Ducati Pecco Bagnaia in the lead, today is already tomorrow, with no less than nine riders who will discover their new bike while on the team side, Aprilia will run in its RNF satellite team and that It will now be necessary to identify the men of Hervé Poncharal under the red label Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing…

Ducati has barely put away the trophy rewarding the Champion of the Year among MotoGP riders that it is already coveted by the competition. This will lift the veil this Tuesday on these new weapons for the next campaign. It will start in March in Portugal, it will have 21 rounds with two new destinations, and, above all, it will offer sprint races over the half distance of a Grand Prix, which will be rewarded with half the points of the same races. What is not nothing in the management of a race for the title…

The party and the celebrations are therefore over and Davide Tardozzithe team manager Ducati thus remobilized his troops: starting today, 2023 here on the trail. We will see what the rivals can do and what we will do. I know the race, anything can happen from one year to another, I am realistic. Opponents are incredibly strong. On Sunday KTM showed significant growth, in the Misano test Fabio Quartararo said he was particularly satisfied with the new Yamaha M1, Honda will do everything to improve, Aprilia has been a great protagonist… The four houses will have motorcycles super competitive “.

We can’t wait to see them on the Valencia track. Before that, here are the entries with the nine drivers in their new colors with only one rookie: Augusto Fernández2022 Moto2 World Champion!

And we start with the first photos of the new set…

Das neue RNF-Aprilia-Kundenteam mit Raúl Fernandez und Miguel Oliveira

The new KTM-Roller for Jack Miller


We heat up the mechanics…

The Ducati test rider Michele Pirro opens with the world champion’s motorcycle Francesco Bagnaia. We are not expecting too many drivers on the track yet because the temperatures are still very low.

For Alex Marquezit’s definitely Christmas already…

Fabio Quartararo is the first licensed driver to take to the track. Yamaha brought seven different bikes to the pits for Quartararo and Morbidelli (at least three different specs for Fabio and Franco), a higher than usual number of motorcycles, a symptom that the Japanese manufacturer must try different configurations to find the best configuration in 2023.

The best so far is Quartararo in 1’31.903, followed by Pecco Bagnaia in 1’33.231. While Joan Mir began his career at Honda on the track, Alex Rins take pictures…

Joan Mir and Alex Rins won’t be talking to the media today because even though they’re testing the bikes for new teams, their contracts with the team Suzuki end on December 31.

Maio Meregalli (Yamaha) says on Sky Sport: : “ We have a fairly large work plan, maybe we won’t be able to try everything: new engine, new frame, new aero package we will do our best to try everything, but it will not be easy, we are optimistic to have good feedback from the drivers”.

Augusto FernándezMoto2 world champion, poses with his new bike: he will race in MotoGP with the KTM of the Tech3 Gas Gas team. Vinales in the lead with 1’31.144. Quartararo, Martin, Bastianini, Bagnaia, Mir and Morbidelli follow.

Gino Borsoi new team manager Ducati Prima Pramac.

Mark Marquez in second place. TOP 10: Viñales, M. Marquez, Martin, Quartararo, Morbidelli, Di Giannantonio, Pirro, Bagnaia and Mir.


The Honda sports substantial rear fins…

Augusto Fernández, Moto2 World Champion and only rookie of the 2023 season, is now riding a MotoGP for the first time. Naturally, he is cautious about his GasGas.

Here is the ranking after one hour of exercise:

Valencia Test 10:30 a.m.

Pol Espargaro also seems happy to no longer ride on a Honda

Marina climbs to third position. TOP 10: ZarcoViñales, Marini, Espargaró, Marc Marquez, Martin, Quartararo, Binder, Nakagami and Di Giannantonio. Alex Marquez says he feels good on the Ducati, especially under braking he has found stability.

Davide Tardozzi comments: “TheThe shakedown was done by Pirro with the new bikes that Pecco and Enea will use today. They will first come out with the 2022 then we will go to 2023 to understand what adjustments to make. Gresini and Mooney have the 2022 versions with the same configurations“.

The former world champion Fabio Quartararo wants to reclaim the title in 2023 and is working hard on it. He has already completed 22 laps. Yamaha is serious since his teammate Franco Morbidelli is second in this ranking with 18 laps. The two pilots have 3 motorcycles at their disposal.


The ranking at 11:00 a.m.: Zarco (1:30.626), Viñales, Marini, Aleix Espargaró, Marc Marquez, Bastianini, Martin, Quartararo, Brad Binder and Nakagami. Eleventh Bagnaia ahead: Oliveira, Di Giannantonio, Morbidelli, Bezzecchi, Alex Marquez, Pol Espargaró, Mir, Miller, Pirro, Raul Fernandez and Rins.

Jack Miller and its chief mechanic fit in well at KTM

After two hoursJorge Martin go ahead. LThe Spaniard posted a good 1’30.576 (the Ducari Pramac team driver took pole in the Valencia GP with 1:29.621). The sporting director of Michelin, Piero Taramassocommented : ” the same tire compounds are used in this test that were on the bikes last weekend. The reason is clear: teams want useful comparison values. New tires would have disrupted their data collection“.


Joan Mir has at his disposal the motorcycle 2022 (used by Pol Espargaró) and a Honda evolution 2023the same as Mark Marquez currently using on the track.

Joan Mir makes his Honda debut Photo: Screenshot/MotoGP

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