The two Ducati riders analyzed the situation after the second day of testing on the Malaysian track
February 11, 2023
Aeneas Bastianini e George Martin promote the Ducati GP23. This, in a nutshell, is the judgment of the two after the second day of testing at Sepang. But not everything is perfect, there are things to improve and change.
Here’s what the two said. For Martin also a fall that caused injuries to his right hand. He’s not sure he can run tomorrow.
Enea Bastianini: “I have to change my driving style”
Here are Bastianini’s words: “The new bike is betterIt’s different from the one I drove in 2022: for this I have to change my driving style. I have to improve for take advantage of the acceleration of this Ducati e I’m not perfect at the maximum lean angle. I was focused on the bike without thinking too much about time”.
On the new crew chief: “Rigamonti’s approach is different compared to what he had Giribuola: at the moment, however, we are working well. But only in a race weekend can we make better assessments of our relationship. Compared to the 2021 engine, this one is worse in the first part of the delivery, a little too aggressive”.
Jorge Martín: “I crashed at turn 7”
Martin started by talking about the crash and his physical condition: “I am crashed at turn 7: it was starting to rain and there was humidity. Unfortunately I hit my right hand hard: The lesion is deep, but does not require an operation. We hope to be able to ride tomorrow”.
“Today I only did 17 laps: I had to compare fairing 2023 (the one with the side “step”, NDA) with the old one, but when I mounted the 2022 I fell. I can therefore not say anything, tomorrow we will have to do other checks and, then, we hope to close this issue. The truth is that we have a great foundationbut it makes the big difference the engine: with the 2023 version I don’t have to be aggressive to be fast. 2022 was complicated for the engine, the disbursement put us in difficulty. If nothing else, all the work done on electronic management to try to fix the defects of 2022 can also be useful in 2023″.