MotoGP: Yamaha Quickest On Day One Of Shakedown Check At Sepang – Roadracing World Journal


Yamaha quickest as Sepang Shakedown kicks off 2023

Crutchlow tops the opening day in Malaysia as new elements floor from a number of factories

Sunday, 05 February 2023

MotoGP™ bikes are again on monitor! The 2023 marketing campaign has resumed with take a look at riders and our sole premier class rookie, Augusto Fernandez (GASGAS Manufacturing facility Racing Tech3), finishing a rain-affected opening day of the Sepang Shakedown take a look at. Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow topped the timesheets with a 2:01.146, though it’s much less about laptimes and extra about monitor time within the first few days of motion this yr.



Three-time Grand Prix winner Crutchlow had three YZR-M1s at his disposal – two 2023 spec bikes, one 2022 spec machine. The principle focus was pinpointed on Yamaha’s new, extra aggressive engine which was a sizzling subject of dialog again in Valencia. Glancing on the timesheets, it seems like the issue that arose on the finish of final yr, inflicting some puzzled takes care of clear enhancements had been confirmed at earlier checks, has been recognized.

Crutchlow clocked a 330km/h prime pace based on the circuit’s reside timing, simply a few kms shy of the quickest. As well as, trying again on the 2022 Sepang Check, Yamaha’s quickest prime pace was 327km/h – early indications that progress has been made. That’ll be music to the ears of Fabio Quartararo and his Monster Power Yamaha MotoGP™ teammate Franco Morbidelli forward of the Official Sepang Check.

Cal Crutchlow (T3). Picture courtesy Dorna.



New KTM testing recruit Jonas Folger joined MotoGP™ Legend Dani Pedrosa on monitor for Crimson Bull KTM Manufacturing facility Racing because the German received to grips with the RC16 for the primary time. Pedrosa, in the meantime, was working with Jack Miller’s crew on the opening day.

Dani Pedrosa (26). Photo courtesy Dorna.
Dani Pedrosa (26). Picture courtesy Dorna.


Jonas Folger walks to his KTM RC16. Photo courtesy Dorna.
Jonas Folger walks to his KTM RC16. Picture courtesy Dorna.



Reigning Moto2™ World Champion Fernandez was again out with GASGAS Manufacturing facility Racing Tech3 and having had no plans for the Valencia Check aside from attempting a MotoGP™ bike for the primary time, these three days shall be very important for the Spaniard to start out making the bike his personal. The quantity 37 completed second on the timesheets with a 2:01.331, simply 0.185s from Crutchlow’s finest effort.

Augusto Fernandez (37). Photo courtesy Dorna.
Augusto Fernandez (37). Picture courtesy Dorna.



Stefan Bradl was lapping for HRC and the German had two RC213Vs within the field. Bradl was out on a new-look Honda machine wearing redesigned aero, a brand new exhaust and the 2023 engine. Bradl’s finest time was a 2:01.605, putting him fourth on the timesheets.

Stefan Bradl (6). Photo courtesy Dorna.
Stefan Bradl (6). Picture courtesy Dorna.



Lorenzo Savadori was available to provide the 2023 Aprilia RS-GPs a shakedown, and it was a busy day for the Italian who had six bikes to journey. Aprilia debuted some new aero – one thing we’ll be seeing loads of from the factories throughout pre-season – as Savadori additionally suffered a technical challenge in direction of the top of the day.

Lorenzo Savadori (32). Photo courtesy Dorna.
Lorenzo Savadori (32). Picture courtesy Dorna.



Ducati’s trusted Michele Pirro was once more placing within the groundwork for the reigning World Champions, who head into the season trying to defend not one, not two, however three Championships.

The Borgo Panigale manufacturing facility opened their 2023 account with a brand new fairing to point out off, and Pirro labored with two GP23s. The Italian posted a 2:02.115 finest lap time.

Michele Pirro (51). Photo courtesy Dorna.
Michele Pirro (51). Picture courtesy Dorna.


With temperatures hovering in Malaysia, coupled with a unclean monitor floor following the winter after which rain coming later within the day, occasions had been round three seconds slower than what we noticed on the 2022 Malaysian GP. Count on the occasions to tumble the additional we get into testing at Sepang!

Come again for extra Shakedown on Monday and preserve updated with all of the goings on on and throughout social media!


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