MotoGP, Honda copies Ducati: Aoyama sprouts wings at Sepang

The Japanese tester shows off the RC213V in Malaysia with the new aerodynamics, Sylvain Guintoli also on the track from today with Suzuki


Hot times in Sepang, both on the track and in the garages, where the testers are honing their weapons to then pass the baton to the championship riders on Sunday. On the second day of tests, we saw Hiroshi Aoyama in action with the Honda flaunting new aerodynamics.

In the photo published by our counterparts at, the 2018 version RC213V has new aerodynamic appendages, even more evident, whereas the tail fairing seems to be more profiled. The side fairings, on the other hand, are more enveloping.

Remember that, besides the Japanese rider, Honda also has Stefan Bradl on the track, fresh from his adventure with Ten Kate in Superbike.  In the Aprilia camp, on the other hand, we find Matteo Baiocco, called on to test the RS-GP. Here is a shot published of the Noale standard-bearer just after swinging a leg over the bike. 

Work also continues in the Ducati camp, where Casey Stoner hogged the limelight yesterday with an incredible 2’01”1. Besides the Australian, also working with the GP18 is Michele Pirro, both immortalised in this shot in a pleasant exchange.

Last but not least, let’s not forget about Suzuki, which began its activities in Sepang today with Sylvain Guintoli. The French rider is astride the GSX-RR, working alongside Michael Dunlop, Josh Waters and Toni Elias on this occasion. For these three, it is a special reward for the results they achieved in their respective championships.


Translated by Jonathan Blosser

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