KTM and GASGAS reflections from Sepang Take a look at


2023 Sepang MotoGP Take a look at

Pink Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing and their GASGAS Manufacturing unit Racing siblings convened on the Sepang Worldwide Circuit and within the sizzling and sweaty Malaysian local weather to extend the depth of their preparation work for 2023 MotoGP.

MotoGP pit lane reporter said that KTM used two very completely different sounding engines

After the three-day official take a look at, KTM’s Brad Binder rested 14th quickest whereas new recruit Jack Miller was 18th because the workforce diligently threaded by means of an evaluation program of setup for the ’23 KTM RC16.

Brad Binder
Brad Binder – P14

We obtained by means of numerous completely different of issues, numerous completely different elements and on the final day we had one thing new each time we left the pitlane. So, we accrued numerous data going ahead and information for the engineers to undergo. I believe we narrowed down our choices fairly a bit and we’re getting nearer to our bundle that we’ll begin the season with. My purpose in Portimao is to proceed that course of and I need to begin the primary Grand Prix with the absolute best mixture from all the brand new materials we’ve tried to date. The boys labored onerous right here to get as a lot performed as we are able to. We had good observe time and to date, so good.”

Brad Binder
Jack Miller – P18

By the final day we have been at some extent with the bike the place we have been making good steps with the set-up and we have been wanting how I may get extra comfy. We continued to tweak the geometry and the final adjustment allowed me to really feel first rate with used tyres. I used to be very proud of the brand new engine and I’m getting far more understanding of the bike and what I would like from it. That’s the method. We’ll proceed with that in Portimao and I believe we ticked as many containers as we may right here in Malaysia.”

Jack Miller

Quickest total on the RC16 although was new GASGAS recruit Pol Espargaro, the 31-year-old fractionally quicker than Binder.

Pol Espargaro
Pol Espargaro – P13

Immediately was the most effective day for us. We tried varied key issues reminiscent of engines, some essential parameters, aerodynamics, and all of them labored very effectively. I wish to congratulate the Pierer Mobility Group as a result of the enhancements remodeled the previous few years are unbelievable. We have now a motorbike working effectively, and I’m comfortable. In fact at this time we ended up P13 as a result of lap instances exploded inside the final hour, however we have been within the prime 5 all day. What issues anyway might be lap instances in Portimao GP, not in the course of the exams. It is extremely straightforward to make a quick lap after three days of testing, however it does probably not imply a lot. Final 12 months, I used to be amongst the quickest right here with one the most effective rhythms. Similar in Mandalika, and 2022 was nonetheless a catastrophe. Anyway, I’m proud of the homework performed in Sepang, and I can’t wait to move to Portimao in a single month to make the ultimate changes earlier than going racing.

Pol Espargaro
Pol Espargaro

2023 class rookie Augusto Fernandez completed twenty second on the time-sheets, 1.7-seconds behind outright pacesetter Luca Marini.

Augusto Fernandez
Augusto Fernandez – P22

I’m going residence with a optimistic feeling. During the last three days, we made numerous progress, together with the bottom, the sensation on the bike, and we did good lap instances. I actually wanted dry observe time so I used to be comfortable concerning the climate at this time. We did as a lot as we may till the rain arrived. I managed to go beneath 2’, however I nonetheless have loads to work on. Each little step issues, and I’ve discovered a lot day by day. I really feel extra assured on the bike and I’m beginning to really feel like a MotoGP rider! I’ll test rigorously all the information, mine, but in addition those from the opposite riders. Subsequent we are going to go testing in Portimao, and it’ll not be straightforward with a MotoGP machine. We are going to proceed working, attempt to be affected person and do issues well.”

Augusto Fernandez

KTM and the remainder of the factories will now have one month to manufacture the second spherical of parts and doable options for the 2023 settings. The ultimate take a look at of the MotoGP pre-season will happen on the Algarve Worldwide Circuit in Portimao, Portugal on March 11-12.

Francesco Guidotti
Pink Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing Group Supervisor

We did an enormous quantity of labor right here and all people concerned made an unbelievable effort. We collected all the knowledge we may and we have to proceed working as onerous as we are able to within the subsequent weeks to search out the subsequent step for the second take a look at in Portugal. We’d like to search out a couple of extra tenths of a second. We had sufficient tyres right here to work on bike setup however not a lot on bike growth as we have been restricted to fairly brief runs and the climate didn’t assist a lot, particularly on the second day. Anyway, we’re full gasoline to offer our riders the absolute best bundle, so we’re comfortable however we all know we are able to nonetheless do extra.”

Jack Miller
Sebastian Risse
Pink Bull KTM Technical Supervisor MotoGP

A really productive take a look at right here the place we had many new concepts, new riders and new workers! General, I believe we did a extremely good job. The bike has made a step ahead and we’ve a transparent thought of the place to go now. We now must test how the bundle works on what might be fairly a distinct observe and in fairly completely different circumstances in Portugal. We have now extra work to do within the subsequent month however we’ll be prepared for the primary race. In fact Augusto had some additional periods, and he has numerous power to do all this observe time and did very effectively attempting to grasp the bike, the tyres, the category. Additionally Pol had an excellent take a look at and is sort of comfortable. We’re additionally proud of how he’s gelling with the bike. He brings an enormous contribution into the event primarily based on his previous expertise. Having this tempo and expertise meant we may shortly dive into the take a look at elements and make good progress in the direction of the start of the season.

Jack Miller
Nico Goyon
GASGAS Manufacturing unit Racing Tech3 Group Supervisor

It was good seeing our two riders again to high school after the winter. Sepang holds the standard preseason take a look at, and I’ve to say that it has been a really intense one for the GASGAS Manufacturing unit Racing Tech3 workforce. We noticed huge efforts from the Pierer Mobility Group workers in the course of the winter. There have been numerous gadgets to check and we did virtually all our homework, so the riders did an excellent job. Pol Espargaro had numerous completely different gadgets to check: engines, aero elements, chassis elements, and he went by means of all of them, which supplies us a greater thought of the bike we may have for the season. Augusto Fernandez wanted to be taught the bike, get to hurry, and he additionally had aero and chassis gadgets to check, which have been optimistic for him. He improved his lap time at this time, though he ended up being caught by the rain in the direction of the top of the day. Thanks to each of them for his or her work over the past three days. I wish to end with saying thanks to the crew as a result of they labored extremely onerous over the past week, with late night time shifts and never a lot sleep, simply so we will be prepared every day. It has been some of the tough exams, however we did it, and we head residence with numerous optimistic feedback. Thanks to all of the workforce.”

Jack Miller will next throw a leg over the KTM RC16 on March 11-12 at Portimao
Jack Miller will subsequent throw a leg over the KTM RC16 on March 11-12 at Portimao

MotoGP Sepang Take a look at Mixed Instances

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 Day Three Take a look at Greatest Speeds

  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) 332.3
  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