At Ducati, they revealed that the tests in Malaysia were mostly positive for them, but before the start of the season they have to eliminate one main weakness of the motorcycle, which both Francesco Bagnaia and Enea Bastianini point out.
Although Ducati riders set the fastest times on all three days of testing at Sepang, Ducati factory team manager Davide Tardozzi says: “We are sticking to the testing plan. Some innovations are good, some are not. In general, we are happy with our riders, but we won't decide on the new bike until Portimao, so we have to wait. In Sepang we spent a day and a half working on the 2023 bikes and then went back to last year's bikes to see what the difference was. (Luca) Marini, (Marco) Bezzecchi and the Gresini racer showed that the bike is still very good. Pecco said that this year's bike has some good features, but compared to last year, it has one major weakness that we need to address. "
Bastianini said after testing on Saturday that the new bike is fast but struggles to get out of corners quickly due to a lack of confidence in the rear of the bike. Bagnaia said this year's bike was better than last year's, but he had some problems with the rear end sliding, so he couldn't accelerate out of the corners as much as he would have liked.
We have some time until Portimao to fulfill the wishes of the world champion. Enea (Bastianini) gave the same information regarding the engine. We have to change something that makes him not feel comfortable on the bike.”
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