Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Proceed with 2023 Testing Plan in Portimao

2023-03-13 02:56
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team‘s Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli resumed their 2023 MotoGP pre-season testing programme today. With some time lost due to wet conditions at the Sepang Test back in February, the teammates used the first of two riding days in Portugal to dive straight back into their 2023 testing programme. They took 8th and 21st place respectively in the Portimão MotoGP Official Test Day-1 timesheets.

The Portimão Test days are taking place from 09:30 to 17:30 local track time (GMT +0). By 12:30 local time on Day 1, Quartararo was holding fifth in the standings with a 1‘39.971s, set on his 36th lap. He shifted his attention to trying an aero package and finding a solid base set-up until the final half-hour when he made a further time improvement. A 1‘39.614s, set on lap 88/90 had the Frenchman finish in eighth place, 0.843s from first.

Morbidelli had the same objective as his teammate today: he too was mainly concerned with confirming and building on his findings from the previous testing days in Malaysia as well as the test in Valencia, held at the end of the 2022 season. Though booking gradual progress with his fastest lap time throughout the day, a 1‘40.414s, set on lap 75/95, saw him in 21st place in today‘s overall rankings, 1.643s from the top.

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We did a lot of work. We tried a bigger aero wing. Tomorrow we will try another set. Let's see which one we will end up using. But for the moment, I think that the one we tried today will be the one we will use for the race. Other than that, we didn't try many things today. We just tried to find a good base for our bike. We're working more on the settings than on trying new items.

Source: Yamaha Motor Racing

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