© 2022, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. By Michael Gougis.
By Michael Gougis
4 World Champions took to the observe Tuesday at Circuit Ricardo Tormo for the primary take a look at of the 2023 season. And a number of other riders had been on new machines for the primary time of their careers, some switching manufacturers, one shifting as much as the large bikes.
On the finish of the day, the Ducati riders had been nonetheless quickest. Luca Marini topped the day with a 1:30.032, faster than Maverick Vinales on the manufacturing unit Aprilia by 0.225-second.
When it got here to high velocity, Ducatis dominated as nicely. MotoGP World Champion Francesco Bagnaia was quickest, clocking 335.4 kph (208.4 mph). The subsequent 5 riders, all Ducati mounted, every tripped the velocity entice at 332.1 kph (206.4 mph), matched solely by Marc Marquez on the Honda. Marquez stated the machine he rode had a barely revised engine for extra torque, however added that it was not a serious improve.
Probably the most poignant second of the afternoon got here when members of the departing Suzuki MotoGP staff got here by the Media Heart, handing out hats that had been not wanted for promotional functions.