Tech replace – what new components did MotoGP bikes use in Sepang? | MotoGP

Angelena Iglesia


The most effective equipment on the MotoGP grid in 2022 didn’t look too dramatically totally different, as could be anticipated.

The important thing visible replace was the aero, with a selection of downwash ducts or new ground-effect model aspect fairings. There have been additionally up to date wings – narrower than final yr’s bike.

In the meantime, riders labored to enhance the facility supply of the brand new, and much more highly effective, Desmosedici engine.

The rider’s verdict

Francesco Bagnaia stated: “Within the final hour of the take a look at we did a giant change on the electronics and did an infinite step in entrance. 

“It’s fairly clear on the lap time as a result of with used tyres; after the change I did 1m 59.1/59.0s with used tyres and every part was solved

“The one factor that’s lacking is the dealing with as a result of the dealing with of the 2022 bike was a bit simpler. 

“This one is extra aggressive and extra nervous.”


The 2023 RS-GP will obtain a brand new engine specification in Portimao however, in Sepang, there have been already new facets to give attention to.

A brand new chassis, swingarm, tail unit and exhausts had been on show.

One of many pioneers of the ground-effect fairing, Aprilia has additional refined its design for 2023 whereas smaller wings seemingly make the bike much less bodily to experience.

The upcoming engine in Portimao can be Aprilia’s largest choice of preseason, although.

The rider’s verdict

Aleix Espargaro: “The 2023 bike is best than the 2022. However we nonetheless should be affected person and see if it’s sufficient.

“With the brand new bike one factor is that the cooling is significantly better. It was a nightmare final yr. Indonesia, Thailand, right here – it was actually troublesome to experience the bike however now they did a very good job on this. 

“The bike is a bit bit sooner on the straight and the bike is extra slim which permits it to be extra aggressive on the change of instructions. 

“The brand new aero is a bit bit higher for the highest pace however on the similar time, with the cornering the bike turns the identical or a bit bit higher.”


The place to start? The assorted totally different bikes seen in Sepang featured two chassis, two aero packages, a brand new air consumption, downwash ducts, a brand new seat and tail unit and ground-effect fairing.

Marc Marquez used 4 bikes in Sepang, one in all which was the 2022 machine, whereas new team-mate Joan Mir used two.

They every used only one bike on the ultimate day, that includes the chassis that they every chosen.

Marquez additionally accomplished just a few laps with none wings on the bike.

The rider’s verdict

Joan Mir: “For certain we’re nonetheless a bit far, however daily we’re nearer. So this is essential that daily we really feel higher with the bike, that I’m using extra like a Honda model, I’m using in a totally totally different method now and this can be a method that I get pleasure from. 

“Nowadays I realized quite a bit, the crew helped me quite a bit to assist me perceive the way to be aggressive with this bike, and we’re following the nice steps, however I’m nonetheless a rookie with this bike.”


Three aero packages had been used – final season’s model, an replace from the postseason Valencia take a look at, and a more recent one.

Their riders unusually ran ground-effect fairing and downwash ducts concurrently.

KTM additionally examined a brand new engine, and two chassis – one enabled higher braking, the opposite enabled higher turning.

The rider’s verdict

Brad Binder stated: “We received by way of quite a lot of totally different of issues, quite a lot of totally different components and on the final day we had one thing new each time we left the pitlane.

“I feel we narrowed down our choices fairly a bit and we’re getting nearer to our package deal that we’ll begin the season with.

“My objective in Portimao is to proceed that course of and I need to begin the primary Grand Prix with the very best mixture from all the brand new materials we’ve tried thus far.”


A promising weekend in Sepang means that Yamaha have made their desired steps ahead with a brand new engine giving extra horsepower.

They used two totally different aero updates. One, which implies better downforce, turns into an possibility if the bike now has better horsepower.

Yamaha did, nevertheless, have huge issues with their pace on new tyres.

The rider’s verdict

Fabio Quartararo: “Blended emotions I’d say. I am fairly completely happy in fact concerning the prime pace, which is one thing that I’ve requested for a very long time.

“With outdated tyres I am feeling tremendous completely happy. Then we placed on a brand new tyre, and it is a nightmare.”

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