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MotoGP, Alex Marquez: "In the Jerez test, we tried new parts for Ducati."

"Ducati often asks us to give feedback so we can then develop the bike. For us it's useful because that way we might get something. The GP23? Better than the GP22, but we still have to get to know it."

MotoGP: Alex Marquez:

The Marquez brothers have been acting as test riders for a day. A week after a day of testing at the Jerez de La Frontera circuit, it emerges that in addition to Marc, Alex also received instructions from Ducati to try out some new components, despite the fact that the Gresini team is racing the 2023 bike.

The news was reported by Motorsport.com: "The factory asks us often and we check the behavior of parts that will be needed for the future. It's a kind of quid pro quo. If you make this extra effort, it is possible that you will receive something back. In Spain we tested solutions to see what direction to take, but ours are only indications."

This give-for-get strategy is certainly a smart one to adopt, and already in a short period of time it could bear fruit. If at the end of the Spanish GP, the eight-time world champion had speculated on the arrival of some updates for their GP23, the 28-year-old was more evasive: "All I can say is that we were able to try some new things and it was good. They will be things that will certainly be useful."

Speaking in general about the test session that came just the day after a good fourth place finish, the two-time world champion reflected, " I like to do tests and if these come just after a race that ended well it's even better. When things go wrong you focus on the problems encountered. In this sort of situation, however, it becomes easier to make progress. So it is important to be on track when you are coming off a weekend that has provided results."

Now that a few months have passed since the first approach with this bike, he gave his impressions of his feelings: "The old one was easy to take to the limit. This one is superior in terms of potential, but we still have to get to know it. I think the extra day of activity has allowed us to make some additional progress with a view to France and Italy."

 

Translated by Julian Thomas

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