Well, the 2022 season is over and it finished with a whimper rather than a bang. Suzuki went out as winner and Pecco set a record for clawing back the largest points deficit in the history of the game.
Testing was at Valencia today and will continue tomorrow with lots of new riders getting used to new machinery. Alex Marquez (above) got his first taste of Ducati and apparently came away well pleased. Times are irrelevant as I always say but the shake-down for the new and new-ish 2023 bikes will be interesting.
I am inclined to think that Marquez Jr will do far better on the Duc than most people are expecting. He is, after all, a Moto3 and Moto2 world champion and his tenure at Honda has coincided with the era of the worst bike that Honda has fielded in recent years. I am thinking that this has somewhat masked his potential. We will see.
The two days of testing has been remarkable inconclusive with both the Honda riders and the Yamaha pairing expressing dissatisfaction with the “improvements” rolled out for the 2023 season, we look like almost certainly being in line for another Ducati whitewash.
WSBK rolls on towards its inevitable conclusion with Ducati winning, finally.
I had to go to Sydney today and Helena needed the car so I took the bike.
Catch you next time.