After a one-day break, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team started working on their 2023 set-up in today‘s one-day Valencia MotoGP Official Test. It was a full-on day for Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli, who each had four bikes at their disposal, fitted with various items for testing. They concluded the day in 9th and 14th place respectively in the overall timesheets.
Quartararo is eager to make a good start to the 2023 championship and used today‘s available riding time (from 09:30 – 17:30 GMT +1) to test new aero parts, rear wings, a new chassis, and the 2023 prototype engine he had already tried at previous tests this year. He posted a best time of 1‘30.578s on lap 83/92, which put him in ninth position, 0.546s from the top.
Morbidelli had a good day of testing in Valencia. He entered the track in the morning and immediately noticed an improvement with the new chassis. The Italian used the remaining hours to compare various settings as well as test items for the prototype 2023 YZR-M1 bike. Mostly focusing on collecting data rather than doing a time attack, his best time, a 1‘30.691s, set on lap 81/88, earned him 14th place, 0.659s from first.