Jorge Martin Explains How The New Fairing Affects The Ducati
Jorge Martin leaves a good impression at the Sepang test – also thanks to a new fairing. The Spaniard explains how it affects the Ducati.
After three successful days at the Sepang test and despite a severe abrasion after a crash, Pramac Ducati rider Jorge Martin draws an extremely positive conclusion.
Although the Desmosedici was already the fastest bike in 2022, the innovations, even if they are small, seem to work.
The upgraded engine, according to the consensus of all Ducati riders, delivers more power than in 2022 and two new fairings, which the riders could choose between, have the desired effect.
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Jorge Martin sums up: “My pace was good”. The young Spaniard is particularly pleased with the effect of the new fairings.
“We have confirmed the impressions of the fairing. I had two versions and found the one that suits my riding style. ‘Pecco’ [Bagnaia] likes the other one a bit better.”
“You can feel a difference immediately. It depends if you want better braking or better turning. But the fairing is very similar to the old one. We just have to work on details. I feel comfortable with the bike.”
Only detail left on the Ducati
The Spaniard, like his teammate Johann Zarco, will get the GP23 for the new season, including full factory support.
Martin draws a positive conclusion after the test: “I have the feeling that we are fast. At this point last year, a lot was still unclear. Now we have a basis for the bike.”
At Ducati, they seem to be so far along that the last test before the start of the season in Portimao is all about details. Above all, they want to avoid problems with the tyre pressure early on.
World Champion Bagnaia had predicted that no rider would find it easy to deal with the new minimum tire pressures.
Martin emphasizes: “We still have to find a better feeling for the new minimum pressure in the front tire because we normally rode with lower pressure.”
“Also, a little more grip on the rear wheel for the end of the race would be good. We will work on these two points in Portimao.”