It will be the last three days of official testing before the start of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship
BARCELONA, Feb. 10 (Royals Blue) –
The riders of what will be the grid for the 2022 MotoGP World Championship are facing the last opportunity to get ready, and to develop their new bikes, in the three days of official tests at the unprecedented Pertamina Mandalika Circuit in Indonesia, just before being able to debut in Qatar in early March.
In these three days, the Spanish Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda) hopes to continue his good work in Malaysia and, despite the fatigue of the second day, he faces this appointment as the last check before knowing if he will be able to compete to try to win the inaugural race or, if on the contrary, you will have to go with some calm and tranquility in search of your best version, having already overcome diplopia.
Márquez will measure his ambitions based on these ‘tests’, but the rest of the drivers will do the same. Aprilia seems to be going like a shot, but at Sepang it had more days than any other factory to test. Here things will be balanced, it will be necessary to see if Ducati suffers or not in a not so conducive track, and if the Yamaha like that of the current champion Fabio Quartararo are at the top or not, with KTM and Suzuki trying to improve a pretty bad 2021 . Three days of testing to the limit to shed light on the incipient start of the championship.
It is 25 years of absence in Indonesia for the motorcycle world championship. And MotoGP, always looking for new challenges, included the Indonesian event for this 2022 World Championship -March 20– among its novelties, with the addition of placing the Mandalika track as the last official test bench before the start of the championship.
Some last training sessions that arrive on the Indonesian island of Lombok after the post-season training in Jerez and, above all, after the shakedown and the two days of the official test in Sepang (Malaysia) where the Aprilias of Aleix Espargaró and Maverick Viñales shone , although the fastest was the Italian Enea Bastianini (Ducati).
This unprecedented track in MotoGP has 6 left-hand corners, 11 right-hand corners and a short straight, so it will benefit more those bikes that lack power but have a fast cornering. It will be three days, so there will be room to improve the set-up and to reveal, yes, the aces up the sleeve that the teams could keep in Sepang.
The test will take place from 9:00 a.m. local time until 5:00 p.m. this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. MotoGP assured that, as in Sepang, the ‘Live Timing’ will be available during the three days on motogp.com and on the official MotoGP application.