At the controls of his Ducati, the MotoGP world champion Francesco Bagnaia confirmed this Sunday, at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, to be the shoot down at the start of the 2023 World Cup.
Two weeks before the start of the new season, the Italian rider confirmed the best time of the previous day, once again being the fastest, but this time being the first rider in history to get a lap of the 4592 meters of the track together with to Portimão under 1 minute and 38 seconds.
By achieving, in his best lap, 1m37.968s, Pecco broke yet another barrier on the Algarve track and ended the pre-season as the fastest driver in the peloton.
The Bologna team rider was not, however, the only one to break the track's official record (1m38.725s), as 11 more riders managed laps below that record, in a clear demonstration of the evolution of the bikes compared to the previous season.
Two Frenchmen finished right behind: Johann Zarco, also riding a Ducati, and Fabio Quartararo, with the official Yamaha, erasing the bad moment of the previous day, using a motorcycle with a 2023 engine and 2022 aerodynamics, a mixed solution which seems to be the best for the former world champion.
Italians Luca Marini and Marco Bezzechi, riding Ducatis in Valentino Rossi's team colors, finished close behind.
Miguel Oliveira also rode below Bagnaia's record-setting record and, with his new Aprilia RS-GP, ended the pre-season in 11th position, with a best lap of 1m38.584s.
Drivers and teams now have a short rest period to start the 2023 season on the 24th, 25th and 26th of March, precisely at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve.
On the next weekend of March 17th, 18th and 19th, a test session will be held for riders from the Moto 2 and Moto 3 world championships.