Ducati reflections from Sepang Check

2023 Sepang MotoGP Check

With eight Ducati riders finishing a cumulative whole of greater than 1000 laps of Sepang, the Bologna based mostly engineers now have a treasure trove of knowledge to analyse forward of the ultimate pre-season exams that can happen on the Algarve Worldwide Circuit in Portimao, Portugal on March 11-12.

That’s greater than 15,000 corners, braking factors, turn-in factors and acceleration traces to perlustrate on.

Luca Marini topped the octad of Ducati MotoGP riders who ranked 1-2-4-5-7-8-9-16 after three days of testing on the 5543 metre Sepang Worldwide Circuit.

Luca Marini

Within the slipstream of the strongest guys after the opening day, then quick within the moist on Saturday, Marini made a major step ahead on Sunday together with a optimistic dash race simulation. The 25-year-old Italian set the benchmark on the check on the GP22 at 1m57.889.  Simply in need of the all-time 1m57.790 lap document set by Jorge Martin throughout qualifying for the 2022 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Luca Marini – P1

A superb begin and a implausible check: we adopted this system and we absolutely performed it. We made some good steps ahead when it comes to engine brake, traction and entrance feeling. If I needed to describe it, however not just for the lap time, the proper check! I additionally saved a superb tempo within the dash race, low 59, and I additionally tried some overtaking simulations. We would have liked to raised perceive the right way to cope with the sort of distance as a result of will probably be a demanding race. The standings amazed me, there are 20 riders in 1 second of hole. The extent may be very excessive, anybody can win, however the essential factor is to remain there.”

Luca Marini

Whereas the event of the GP22 ridden by Marini is already at its zenith, others on the GP23 are simply beginning to scratch the floor of the potential there to be unlocked.

Pecco Bagnaia examined new aero downwash ducts on Sunday as an alternative of the ground-effect model aspect fairings that he examined on earlier days and reportedly prefers the ducts he trialled on Sunday.

Francesco Bagnaia – P2

I’m pleased and happy with the work accomplished on this check. After the lunch break at the moment, we made a modification to the brand new bike that allowed us to convey it as much as the identical stage as final yr’s. That was my purpose, so we are able to solely be glad. In fact, we’ve to proceed working to enhance different features of it and make it extra rideable, however we nonetheless have two extra days of testing in Portugal to try this. In Portimão, it would even be essential to strive the 2 aerodynamic options examined right here once more. I have already got a choice, however I additionally need to strive them on a unique observe. In Portimão, we will certainly concentrate on growing the GP23, and we may also need to attempt to simulate a Dash Race, so the final two days of testing might be essential.

Francesco Bagnaia

Bagnaia’s new Ducati Lenovo team-mate Enea Bastianini had the brand new aero on each bikes however one with the downwash ducts and one with the ground-effect decrease aspect fairings.

Enea Bastianini – P4

It was a really demanding three days of labor, but in addition very productive, and I’m glad with the work accomplished over these three days. To start with, I struggled to adapt to the brand new bike, however this afternoon, we understood what wanted enchancment, permitting me to be quick on the time assault and the race tempo. Pecco had the identical feeling as me, making it simpler to check information and converse with the engineers. We nonetheless haven’t determined which fairing we are going to use this yr from those we tried right here at Sepang, and we are going to strive them once more at Portimão. Will probably be the final check earlier than the opening race of the season so will probably be essential. We have now but to achieve 100 per cent of our potential, however we’re very near it“.

Enea Bastianini

Ducati Lenovo Group Supervisor Davide Tardozzi was additionally happy general, however he did additionally stress that the small print of the entire new bike might be determined in Portimão. He additionally reported that Bagnaia mentioned there have been good factors to the ‘23 machine, however nonetheless “one weak level” in comparison with the GP22.

At Prima Pramac Racing, Jorge Martin was particularly vocal in regards to the step ahead with the 2023 engine, and was fifth on the finish of play.  Group-mate Johann Zarco was additionally spending time evaluating the bottom impact decrease aspect fairings, and whereas he completed P16 the Frenchman was nonetheless lower than a second from Marini’s benchmark. 

Mooney VR46 Racing’s Marco Bezzecchi was eighth on Sunday, simply 0.019 behind Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Racing MotoGP) on one other GP22.

Fabio Di Giannantonio – P7

The step ahead in comparison with final yr is there and it’s fairly noticeable. The bike is much less on the restrict in comparison with the earlier model and there may be greater margin for enchancment, particularly on nook exit the place you may work to good the traction aspect of issues. We labored properly with the workforce and we targeted on the race tempo: not solely to arrange for the race itself but in addition to grasp how the bike behaves and the way I behave with used tyres. We’re nonetheless haven’t hit our full potential, however it was a superb begin nonetheless.”

Fabio Di Giannantonio's Gresini Ducati in the pits at the Sepang Test
Fabio Di Giannantonio’s Gresini Ducati within the pits on the Sepang Check
Marco Bezzecchi – P8

I’m actually proud of how a lot work we had been capable of do over the three days. Yesterday the rain modified our plans a bit, however at the moment we had been capable of strive many issues on the bike. I’ve gathered essential and significant data and I’m pleased. I discovered a superb setup base after which I simply made a number of modifications to grasp the sensations that got here from the bike and that I might additionally exploit in different tracks. I didn’t do the simulation, it was scheduled, however in the long run we most well-liked to keep away from it.

Marco Bezzecchi

New Ducati rider Alex Marquez was lower than half-a-second off Marini’s benchmark.

Alex Marquez- P9

We working quite a bit on the bike and the set-up and we additionally did a time assault. It was essential to grasp which course to take set-up clever particularly contemplating my driving model: we’re nonetheless lacking one thing, however typically talking it was a really productive and constructive day. We understood quite a bit in these three days and at Portimao we’ll attempt to fine-tune some particulars with the intention to be prepared for the primary race.

Alex Marquez

MotoGP riders have two extra days of testing from Eleventh- twelfth March on the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão earlier than tackling the primary GP of the season on the similar observe from Twenty fourth-Twenty sixth March.

MotoGP Sepang Check Mixed Occasions

Pos Rider Bike TIme/Hole
1 L.Marini DUCATI 1’57.889
2 F.Bagnaia DUCATI +0.080
3 M.Viñales APRILIA +0.147
4 E.Bastianini DUCATI +0.260
5 J.Martin DUCATI +0.315
6 A.Espargaro APRILIA +0.418
7 F.Di Giannanto   Ita DUCATI +0.455
8 M.Bezzecchi DUCATI +0.474
9 A.Marquez DUCATI +0.496
10 M.Marquez HONDA +0.777
11 R.Fernandez APRILIA +0.821
12 J.Mir HONDA +0.895
13 P.Espargaro GASGAS +0.908
14 B.Binder KTM +0.923
15 M.Oliveira APRILIA +0.950
16 J.Zarco DUCATI +0.963
17 F.Quartararo YAMAHA +1.008
18 J.Miller KTM +1.012
19 A.Rins HONDA +1.043
20 F.Morbidelli YAMAHA +1.097
21 T.Nakagami HONDA +1.646
22 A.Fernandez GASGAS +1.771
23 C.Crutchlow YAMAHA +2.034
24 S.Bradl HONDA +2.546
25 Okay.Nakasuga YAMAHA +3.350

MotoGP Sepang Check Day Three Finest Speeds

Pos Rider Bike Velocity
1 Pecco Bagnaia Ducati 337.5
2 Maverick Vinales  Aprilia 337.5
3 Aleix Espargaro  Aprilia 337.5
4 Jorge Martin Ducati 336.4
5 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 336.4
6 Luca Marini  Ducati 336.4
7 Marc Marquez Honda 336.4
8 Enea Bastianini Ducati  335.4
9 Alex Marquez Ducati 334.3
10 Pol Espargaro GASGAS 334.3
11 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 334.3
12 Fabio DiGiannantonio Ducati 333.3
13 Johann Zarco Ducati 333.3
14 Jack Miller KTM 333.3
15 Miguel Oliveira Aprilia 333.3
16 Raul Fernandez Aprilia 333.2
17 Joan Mir Honda 332.3
18 Brad Binder KTM 332.3
19 Alex Rins Honda 332.3
20 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 332.3
21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 331.2
22 Augusto Fernandez GASGAS 330.2
23 Stefan Bradl Honda 330.2
24 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 328.2