MotoGP, 2019 Sepang Test: 5 Things We Learned From the Event
The three days of the 2019 Sepang Test, which was the first pre-season test, offered the teams a chance to test the limits of their machines before the start of the next season, and the session offered quite a few interesting results with most of the teams showing improvement over the previous season, indicating that the fight for the MotoGP championship could turn out to be a close affair.
Overall, factory teams made iterative improvements while the satellite teams, on the whole, displayed a more competitive pace.
Without further ado, let us look closer at the five key takeaways from the final test at the Sepang International Circuit before the upcoming season gets underway in March 2019 at the Losail International Circuit.
#5 KTM and Yamaha have shown signs of improvement
There is still a long way ahead for KTM to establish a foothold in the world of MotoGP and the 2019 season would be another step in the right direction for the Austrian manufacturer.
The Sepang test showcased that the bike had largely improved when compared to the previous season, suggesting that the team would be even more competitive in the upcoming season.
Johann Zarco, one of the riders for the KTM team, expressed confidence in the machine, reiterating that it has improved a lot from the previous season.
Yamaha Factory Racing, like KTM, too showed signs of improvement, indicating that the slump of the past two years was definitely behind them. Valentino Rossi insisted that the Japanese manufacturer has finally found its way, making the machine miles better than what was seen in the previous season.
He said, “This time, we try something that improves, we try something that is worse but it’s like we have a direction. We need time because our opponents are very strong but we are more optimistic.”