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Marini: Pecco "showed his muscles" in the tests to gain a better position in negotiations with Ducati

Marini: Pecco "showed his muscles" in the tests to gain a better position in negotiations with Ducati

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Francesco Bagnaia was the best in both pre-season tests. He even improved the official track record in both Sepang and Qatar, which suggests that he will be the main contender to win the world championship again this year. This would be his third in a row. All his competitors also agree that the Italian is the one to beat. An interesting statement was made by Luca Marini at the end of the tests in Qatar. In this, he referred to the fact that Bagnaia has not yet renewed his contract with Ducati and that he should increase his bargaining power with the results of the testing. Like most racers, his contract expires at the end of this season. "I think that Pecco was particularly motivated at this year's tests, because he expects that after good results he will have better conditions in negotiations with Ducati
Bagnaia broke the lap record at the end of testing

Bagnaia broke the lap record at the end of testing

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The factory Ducati team finished MotoGP winter testing with both riders in the top two places. Francesco Bagnaia, the current world champion, set a new, albeit unofficial, Lusail track record, while teammate Enea Bastianini was 1 seconds behind his time of 50.952:0.120. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia +0.308) was third, and the fourth and highest ranked non-factory team rider was Spaniard Marc Marquez (+0.383), who even held the fastest time of the day for a while towards the end of the test day. Rounding out the top five on the final day was Raul Fernandez (Trackhouse Aprilia +0.435), who still hasn't fully recovered from the injuries he suffered after falling in Sepang. Bagnaia also achieved the highest measured speed, 351,7 km/h, and the Yamaha racers were not far behind him. Alex Rin
MotoGP: Allowed lower tire pressure

MotoGP: Allowed lower tire pressure

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Before the start of the 2024 season, Michelin allowed the racers to use lower tire pressures, but it will be necessary to drive a higher percentage of laps within the limits than last year. In 2023, Michelin prescribed the minimum allowable tire pressure, and racers had to drive a certain percentage of laps above the minimum limit. The first offense earned the racer only a warning, and each subsequent one resulted in a time penalty. Before the 2024 season, it was believed that racers not respecting the minimum tire pressure would be disqualified from the race, but there is no official information on this yet. However, Michelin allowed 0,08 bar lower pressure in the front tires after listening to the wishes of teams and racers who had many problems with too high pressure when driving in the lee of another racer. "We studied the data from last season and again
After the first day in Qatar, Bagnaia is the fastest

After the first day in Qatar, Bagnaia is the fastest

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After the first tests in Malaysia, the MotoGP caravan moved to Qatar, where the last pre-season tests take place on Monday and Tuesday. At the Lusail circuit, the teams and riders will be in a hurry tomorrow, and then they will have a short rest until March 8, when the first free practice sessions of the 2024 season will begin at the same venue. In Qatar, Raul Fernandez returned to the motorcycle, who in Malaysia after had to miss the second and third day of testing due to a fall and injury. However, the Italian Franco Morbidelli is still absent, having been injured during training before the start of testing. By the end of the penultimate day, Bagnaia's time was closest to his rival for last season's title, Jorge Martin, and Aprilia rider Aleix Espargaro was also close, while Brad Bi finished the day in the top five.
Joan Mir happy with the new boss of mechanics, Santi Hernandez

Joan Mir happy with the new boss of mechanics, Santi Hernandez

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Spaniard Joan Mir has welcomed a change in the Repsol Honda garage, as he will team up with Santi Hernandez this season, with whom Marc Marquez won the Moto2 title and then six more MotoGP world titles. Marquez left Honda at the end of 2023 and moved to the Gresina team, but he failed to bring his loyal chief mechanic there, who will work with Joan Miro from this year. Hernandez was initially expected to be assigned to Luca Marini to fill the seat vacated by Marquez, but before the end of 2023 Mir asked Honda to assign Hernandez to him, with Marini partnering compatriot Giacomo Guidotti. "Joan asked us to trade," team boss Alberto Puig explained. "It seemed reasonable to us, because Santi is Spanish and Giacomo is Italian, and the racer gets lost more easily
Bastianini discovered his old form during the tests

Bastianini discovered his old form during the tests

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Enea Bastianini will be one of the contenders for the MotoGP world title this year, according to David Tardozzi, after rediscovering his old form to convince Ducati bosses that he deserves a place in the factory team. The Italian raced for the Gresini team in the 2022 season and secured promotion to the Ducati factory team with four victories. But he had a lot of bad luck in 2023, as he was injured already in the sprint race of the first race weekend in Portugal, and then in the GP of Catalonia, as a result of which he missed a total of nine races of the season. When it was already speculated about the possibility that Bastianini would have to give up his place alongside Francesco Bagna to Jorge Martin, the Italian showed his quality at the Malaysian Grand Prix and celebrated the victory. It is in Sepang for winter testing
Marc Marquez: The biggest difference is between the teams

Marc Marquez: The biggest difference is between the teams

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Ahead of his first MotoGP season in which he will not race for Honda, Marc Marquez spoke about the differences between his old and new workplace. The Spaniard moved to non-works team Gresini Racing this year after 11 seasons with the factory Honda team, and while the Ducati he will be racing this year is quite different from the Honda he is used to, the eight-time world champion said it might be the biggest yet the difference in the team work itself. He explained that it's not just a difference between the Japanese and the Italian way of working: "It's not just the Italian or the Japanese way, but the factory and the non-factory. In the factory team, you have a lot more new things to try out. There I had to pay attention to my driving, stay focused and be accurate in giving feedback as they are on po
Ducati: The rules only seem to be bad when Ducati wins

Ducati: The rules only seem to be bad when Ducati wins

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Gigi Dall'Igna remains unhappy with the new concession rules adopted in the MotoGP class. The new system of concessions was adopted with the desire to save Yamaha and Honda from crises and return to the fight for the top places. At Ducati, the first proposal, which was intended to help the Japanese manufacturers, was supported, but later a new system was adopted, which also gives help to KTM and Aprilia, and Ducati will suffer the biggest blow. "We were ready to support Dorna's first proposal, which only gave help to Honda and Yamaha," explained Dall'Igna. "The proposal was reasonable, balanced, so we would have signed it immediately. But then other manufacturers took the opportunity and tried to gain an advantage, or rather to harass us. We didn't like that, so we tried to resist, but because we didn't want to fall out
Bagnaia the fastest driver on the final day of testing in Sepang

Bagnaia the fastest driver on the final day of testing in Sepang

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The reigning MotoGP world champion, Francesco Bagnaia, finished the final day of testing in Sepang with the fastest time. The Italian, racing for the Ducati factory team, set a new unofficial track record with a time of 1:56.682, and three other racers, Jorge Martin, Enea Bastianini and Alex Marquez, completed laps under 57 minute XNUMX seconds. Track conditions were slightly better, with overcast skies itching for more optimal temperatures and accumulated rubber on the track offering better grip. Many racers have not decided to chase the fastest time, but have already dedicated themselves to racing simulations. Among those who completed the simulation of the shorter sprint race was the very fast Enea Bastianini, while newcomer Pedro Acosta also drove great times. Aleix Espargaro was fifth with Aprilia, just under two tenths faster than
Bastianini after the lap record: The new aerodynamics are better in 80% of the track

Bastianini after the lap record: The new aerodynamics are better in 80% of the track

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Enea Bastianini set a new unofficial Sepang track record on the second day of MotoGP testing in Malaysia, and later revealed that the bike's new aerodynamic fairing, which he reckons is much better than last year's, was largely to blame. Bastianini, winner of last year's Malaysian Grand Prix, set a sub-minute 57 second lap as the first race, setting the time towards the end of the test day, having had some technical issues in the morning. "In the morning we worked on aerodynamics and set-up, as we planned to attack the fastest lap, but we had problems with the bike. In the afternoon it was too hot for fast laps, so we continued to work on aerodynamics and set-up, and we also tested the new exhaust system. I think we were good, but it was important for me to drive a fast lap, because s