KTM Riders Show Speed On Day 1 of Sepang Shakedown Test

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Published:   1st January 2024

MotoGP has officially started in 2024 and it’s KTM that impresses us most on Day 1 of the Sepang Shakedown test.

Following a strong 2023 season with multiple podium finishes KTM starts their 2024 MotoGP agenda on the right foot as the Sepang Shakedown test gives us a first insight into the 2024 power rankings.

1Dani Pedrosa1'59.233Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
2Pedro Acosta+0.152Red Bull GASGAS Tech3
3Pol Espargaro+0.182Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
4Stefan Bradl+0.627Repsol Honda
5Michele Pirro+1.633Ducati Lenovo
6Cal Crutchlow+1.780Yamaha Racing
7Lorenzo Savadori+2.576Aprilia Racing

Mainly giving the manufacturers time to check their machinery ahead of the first official test of the season on February 6th, lap times from the Shakedown test should be taken with a pinch of salt.

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Given their horrible 2023 season, Honda looks keen to improve the performance of their RC213V as the European manufacturers outclassed the once-so-dominating Japanese by miles.

Trying to solve their main problem of an almost unpredictable front end, Honda has amassed a variety of new aero parts including a new rear wing as well as an almost exact copy of Ducati’s fork mounted side wings.

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