An update from our sports enthusiast Ed Hocnull:
MotoGP has returned to the track for 2017, this week, with the first official pre-season test at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia.
Of course, we can never fully trust the lap times which are set by the riders due to a number of reasons: variable fuel loads, dual-compound running of tyres, aerodynamic data gatherings etc. However, what is clear from this test is that two teams in particular have made serious ground on the traditional front runners of Honda and Yamaha.
Without doubt, the first two days in Malaysia have confirmed that Ducati have produced a bike capable of running at the front. The Bologna-based team have clearly worked tirelessly in improving on their successful 2016 machine. The Chassis has been lowered to assist drag reduction, and the wheel base has been drastically shortened (see: https://motogpunlocked.com/2017/01/20/motogp-breaks-cover-for-2017/ – for full analysis).
Additionally, the factory has also leased 2017 chassis…
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