Ducati have been busy with Michele Pirro in the Shakedown to prepare the way for Bagnaia and Bastianini, who will start their three-day test at Sepang from tomorrow. The first impressions were good and the GP23 seems to have been born under a lucky star.
"I'm satisfied with our work in these first three days of testing. We put in many kilometres in dry and wet conditions, completing about 170 laps in three days – said the test-rider from San Giovanni Rotondo - Given the unstable weather and the ever-changing track conditions, we had to concentrate most of our work on the last day, which was the only one that was entirely dry. We still managed to do several tests and gather important information about the new components, and the times were also good. Now we are ready for the next three days of testing, where it will be up to the factory riders to continue the development."
Starting with Bagnaia, who will have the number 1 on his Ducati fairing for the first time.
"I am happy to be back on track on my Desmosedici GP finally. I have prepared a lot this winter, constantly training for this season. Now we have three very demanding and important days of testing ahead of us. We'll have a lot of work to do, and it will be important to tick some points off immediately to avoid making mistakes. Hopefully, the weather will be on our side, allowing us to make the most of the time available" is Pecco's aim.
Bastianini is also ready to start his new adventure in the factory team.
"Finally, we're back on track for the first test of 2023, and I'm excited about it. It will be three crucial days, which will also allow me to get to know better my new team, with whom I already broke the ice in the first test at Valencia last year - were Enea's words - Pecco and I will be working together to try and get as far as possible with our test programme and immediately identify the way forward to be as ready as possible for the next test in Portugal, which will precede the opening Grand Prix of the year at Portimão".