MotoGP’s 2023 season has begun, with three of the five factory teams plus two satellite having held their launch events and testing now just a week away.
Though team launches rarely live up to their own hype, there’s been a lot to glean from the events Yamaha, Ducati and KTM have held so far – as Simon Patterson, Valentin Khorounzhiy and Matt Beer discuss on The Race MotoGP Podcast.
Ducati ultimately won last year’s title, but it made harder work of doing it than was really necessary. Has it definitely learned from that? And after the exit of compliant support act Jack Miller, can the works team’s new pairing of reigning champion Pecco Bagnaia and ambitious former underdog star Enea Bastianini stay on good terms when it really counts?
The narrow margin of Yamaha’s 2022 defeat disguised some of the problems it faces – we delve into what’s really going on with its desperately-awaited new engine and Franco Morbidelli’s painful form.
And KTM offered plenty for our panel to consider too, from the rise of Brad Binder to the impact of aerodynamic help from the Red Bull Formula 1 team and a significant – if “forced” – line-up rejig.
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