Marc Marquez already at ease, the French have it tough

Marc Marquez already at ease, the French have it tough

Maverick Vinales, on his Aprilia, set the best time in the Valencia test session, which notably saw Marc Marquez ride a Ducati for the first time and finish fourth. The French Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) and Johann Zarco (Honda) finished twelfth and seventeenth.

It was a highly anticipated day this Tuesday in MotoGP! Unlike Formula 1, where ten rookies took part in the Abu Dhabi test day this Tuesday, the MotoGP drivers tested their 2024 bikes, and as the transfer window was very hectic, many competitors were able to try their bikes. for the very first time. This is particularly the case of former world champion Marc Marquez who, at the age of 30, got on his first Ducati. And the Spaniard, who spent the last ten seasons at Honda, shone. He actually finished fourth on this day of testing, after completing 49 laps, riding the bike with the settings for early 2023. Promising for next season!

Marquez finished behind three drivers who will not change teams this winter and were therefore not disoriented. Maverick Vinales, on his Aprilia, signed one of his 86 laps in 1’29″253, 28 thousandths ahead of Brad Binder (KTM) and 93 ahead of Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati VR46). Double world champion Francesco Bagnaia, titled only 48 hours ago, did not force himself on the handlebars of his Ducati, finishing eleventh, while his rival for the title Jorge Martin (Ducati Pramac) finished fifteenth, after falling twice.

Quartararo 12eme, Zarco 17eme

On the French side, Fabio Quartararo hopes that his 2024 Yamaha will be better than that of 2023 (he finished tenth in the championship), but this day of testing turned out to be average, with the twelfth time 769 thousandths behind Vinales. As for Johann Zarco (in photo), he discovered a brand new motorcycle, the Honda LCR, after three seasons riding a Ducati. And on the 2024 model from the Japanese manufacturer, the Cannes resident finished 17th, just over a second behind the winner of the day. He went to the ground once, in turn 4.

Just behind him, we find the only rider who will debut in MotoGP in 2024, the Spaniard Pedro Acosta, who has just been crowned Moto2 world champion, two years after having been in Moto3. Pilots will now be able to go on vacation. They will meet again on February 6 in Sepang, Malaysia for the first 2024 tests.

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