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Jerez MotoGP Testing Results | New 'Kalex' Honda chassis debuts, Bezzecchi fastest

Honda RC213V - 2023 MotoGP - Stefan Bradl - Jerez test - Kales [credit: MotoGP.com]

Marco Bezzecchi put the disappointment of his retirement from the Spanish MotoGP behind him by topping the timesheets in a VR46 Ducati 1-2 in Monday's post-race test at Jerez, though it was down at Honda where much of the media focus could be found.

Reeling from a disappointing Spanish MotoGP weekend that yielded a best result of ninth for Takaaki Nakagami amid DNFs for Alex Rins and Joan Mir, the next phase in Honda's rebound efforts was revealed - albeit unofficially - with a new chassis design.

Wheeled out by development rider Stefan Bradl, the much mooted new design - which features several new aero solutions - is understood to have been designed by German chassis makers Kalex.


Signalling a major change of ethos for Honda - which has traditionally preferred to keep the design of its bikes in-house - it has long been rumoured that Kalex has been working on a new evolution of the RC213V so as to widen the scope for the Japanese firm in its attempts to reverse its fortunes.

Having stamped its authority as the dominant force of MotoGP with Casey Stoner's title win in 2012, his successor Marc Marquez would go on to win six of the next seven world titles up to 2019.

However, his long spell out through injury, coupled with changes that made the RC213V's handling too edgy - leading to multiple crashes - in 2020 began a decline that led to it being the only manufacturer not to win a race in 2022.

With Kalex already on board to develop a new swingarm for the RC213V, while the new chassis doesn't appear to be a complete re-design, there are some tell-tale differences when viewed visually though Honda itself was remaining tight-lipped as to what they were exactly.

In the meantime, Bezzecchi and team-mate Luca Marini topped the timesheets to keep VR46 Ducati's tail up following a difficult Spanish MotoGP weekend, while Fabio Quartararo too will likely take some encouragement from ending the test third best.

Fabio di Giannantonio made a rare appearance inside the top four, ahead of Maverick Vinales and Spanish MotoGP race winner Pecco Bagnaia.

Elsewhere, Iker Lecuona wasn't present on the Repsol Honda as he had been at the weekend, though there was an appearance for Lorenzo Savadori on the RNF Aprilia, the Italian called up to replace the injured Miguel Oliveira.

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MotoGP Testing Results | Jerez [1-5-2023]

Official MotoGP Testing Results | Jerez, Spain [1-5-2023]
1Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 36.574
2Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 36.678
3Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 36.725
4Fabio di GiannantonioITAGresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 36.963
5Maverick VinalesESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 36.964
6Pecco BagnaiaITADucati Leonovo TeamDucati GP231m 37.024
7Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 37.060
8Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 37.068
9Jorge MartinESPPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 37.089
10Alex MarquezESPGresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 37.189
11Raul FernandezESPCryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 37.285
12Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda RC213V1m 37.314
13Johann ZarcoFRAPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 37.326
14Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 37.431
15Joan MirESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 37.516
16Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 37.543
17Alex RinsESPLCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V1m 37.722
18Augusto FernandezESPGasGas Factory Tech 3KTM RC161m 37.739
19Stefan BradlGERTeam HRCHonda RC213V1m 37.782
20Dani PedrosaESPRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 38.397
21Jonas FolgerGERGasGas Factory Tech 3KTM RC161m 38.542
22Lorenzo SavadoriITACryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 38.558

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