News 9 Nov 2022

Mooney VR46's Marini quickest at Valencia MotoGP test

Australia's Miller makes transition to Red Bull KTM Factory Racing.

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With this year’s MotoGP World Championship complete, the Valencia MotoGP test took place on Tuesday with Luca Marini posting the quickest time and Miguel Oliveira making a strong Aprilia debut in P4.

Mooney VR46 Racing Team’s Marini notched 76 laps onboard his Ducati GP22, his quickest of 1m30.032s coming on lap 70 to finish just over two-tenths clear of Maverick Vinales (Aprilia Racing) in P2.

Italian Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) completed the day in third, courtesy of a 1m30.262s, while Oliveira (CryptoDATA Aprilia RNF) and fellow RS-GP rider Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) rounded out the top five.

Preparing for his second season in the premier class, Gresini Racing MotoGP’s Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Racing MotoGP) was sixth fastest, leading Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory) who was riding on a new chassis that he used during the Valencia GP weekend.

A 1m30.576s saw Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) complete Tuesday eighth quickest, while former champion Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) tested a new chassis, two new aero packages, large rear wings and the 2023 engine. He completed 92 laps on his way to P9 as Enea Bastianini made his debut with the Ducati Lenovo Team and completed the top 10 after a small crash in the afternoon.

Freshly crowned MotoGP world champion Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) ended the day in 12th, 0.623s from the top after testing a new front fairing, side fairing and wings.

Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez was 13th, trying different chassis, exhausts, intakes, seat, tail unit and carbon clutch, but was vocal in that he felt the current platform would not allow him to fight for next year’s world title.

Alex Marquez completed his first day onboard a Ducati with Gresini Racing in 15th, as Australia’s Jack Miller was P17 in his Red Bull KTM Factory Racing debut.

2020 MotoGP world champion Joan Mir made his Repsol Honda Team debut and finished 18th, while Sunday’s race winner Alex Rins (LCR Honda Castrol) completed 91 laps as he switched from Suzuki and was 20th on the timesheets.

Detailed results