MotoGP is idle for a couple of weekends, waiting to get back into action at Misano. However, testing work has not stopped and Honda, KTM and Yamaha were all down at Jerez for a private test. It was the turn of the test riders to get out on the track with Stefan Bradl on the RC213V, Dani Pedrosa on the RC16 and Cal Crutchlow on the M1.
Very little news leaked out from the tests, but the three have been working on the bikes for next season. Already in the Misano tests the manufacturers had brought the 2022 prototypes and development work is continuing in anticipation of the last tests of the year, scheduled for Jerez on 18 and 19 November.
Honda is working hard to solve the problems of its bike, highlighted several times by Marquez himself. At Misano we saw a heavily revised RC213V, both in terms of aerodynamics and chassis and, of course, the engine will also be subject to a revamp. KTM also needs to take a step forward because, after last year's excellent performance, the RC16 has been looking a bit tarnished this season. The win, achieved by Binder with slicks in the wet in Austria in a flag-to-flag race, was more a matter of luck and courage than of substance, also if Oliveira won in Barcelona.
The Yamaha would seem to be the most competitive bike, considering that it leads the championship thanks to Quartararo, but Fabio has repeatedly encouraged the Japanese to work on the weak points. In the case of the M1 it is the engine, with sheer horsepower not up to par with the bike’s rivals.
The test riders have for the moment completed their work, but to find out if they did it successfully we will have to wait for the opinion of the regular riders.