The first two days of the shakedown in Sepang, Malaysia have been completed, with the testers of all the MotoGP teams, the only rookie of the year, but also all the official Honda and Yamaha riders making their presence felt today.
On-track racing action in MotoGP kicked off yesterday with all grid groups and the their testers, with Pedro Acosta, the only rookie of 2024, to write the first kilometers in the saddles of the youngsters RC16, RS-SP, M1, RC213V and GP24 of KTM, Aprilia, Yamaha, Honda and Ducati, respectively.
Today, thanks to the new concession system that came into force, the factory Honda and Yamaha riders were also present at Sepang.
In addition to the best time of the day, which was “written” by Paul Espargaro (p.s.: in the role of a tester from this year on behalf of KTM) and the undeniable speed that the Pedro Acosta from third place, the element that certainly piqued everyone's interest is the relentless… battle of the five manufacturers in the field of aerodynamics.
In this case, a new aerodynamic aid section – essentially a wing on the front wheel – was seen on the KTM which he tried today The days of Pedrosa.
In turn, the Aprilia by Lorenzo Savadori on the “wheels” he continued to write laps with the new Aprilia with the impressive, “Batmobile” style, configuration of the tail of the new RS-GP.
THE Honda and Stefan Bradl they in turn tested the new RC213V with the upgraded stegosaurus rear wing as you can see in the photo below.
Of particular interest is the “experimental” side fairing of the new model GP24 of the Ducati driven by Michele Pirro.
On her part, Yamaha try with him Cal Crutchlow a different to what we saw in Valencia configuration of the front aerodynamic aids that affect the vertically generated force on the front wheel of the new M1.
Tomorrow, the shakedown will be completed, with one three days of testing for all grid riders to follow on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday February 6-8.