start the MotoGP World Cup this coming weekend and the defending champion, Francesco Bagnaiapoints to a clear favorite as seen in the recent winter tests, in which the ducati They were one point above the rest of the factories. The Italian house has improved the frame of sin and the Turin driver himself admits that he is more comfortable with the Desmosedici 23 than with the one that was crowned in 2022: “We start again. Winter testing has gone well and in some ways I like the Desmosedici GP 23 better than last year’s bike. All the conditions are in place to be able to start this new season”.
And he also likes the circuit that kicks off the world, Portimãoheadquarters of the last tests and that relieves Losail as the scene of the premiere. The sprint races are also debuting, an unknown quantity for everyone: “Portimao is a track that I like and where, in general, I am fast. In any case, we have to be focused because the competitiveness will be very high. We will have to work to the maximum from the beginning. This will be the first GP in which we will contest the sprint race, so we will have to get used to facing the weekend in a different way”.
On the other side of the red box, bastianini debuts as official Borgo Panigale and hopes to continue the good results he achieved last time with the satellite bike of the Gresini Racing: “I am happy to finally be back on track for the first GP of the season. It will be my first race as a works driver, so it will be even more exciting. The last test here in Portimao went well and we already have a good base to start the work of the weekend. Many drivers have shown that they are competitive, so we will also have to be among the first right now, but I am confident that we have all the means to do it.