MotoGP: New Tech At Post-Season Test At Valencia

MotoGP: New Tech At Post-Season Test At Valencia

© 2023, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. By Michael Gougis.

MotoGP teams rolled out their newest equipment when the garage doors opened for Tuesday’s post-season test at Valencia. Under cloudy skies and with temperatures significantly cooler than during race weekend, riders were in no rush to get onto the track, and as of 10:20 am no one had turned a wheel on the circuit.


Honda prototype
Honda brought out a prototype with a new chassis and swingarm. The machine featured a simplistic ground-effects fairing design, but had no aero on the tail section and did not have the fork-mounted wings seen on other machines. The fairings looked unfinished and raw, clearly works in progress. Photo by Michael Gougis.


Yamaha had a new exhaust system to test. There was no sign of fairing components designed to increase downforce. Photo by Michael Gougis.


While the satellite Prima Pramac team continues to develop the ground effects fairing, the official factory Lenovo Ducati team is pursuing the diffuser route on the fairing lower to increase aerodynamic performance. The chassis on this machine, with two-time World Champion Francesco Bagnaia’s name on it, appears to be a development frame. Photo by Michael Gougis.


While other bikes were warmed up in pit lane and in full view, Gresini Racing hid Marc Marquez’ new Ducati Desmosedici behind these screens to warm it up. Things are different when an eight-time World Champion joins your organization. Photo by Michael Gougis.

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