Four riders looking to play ‘the Bastianini role’ in 2023

In years gone by, it would be unthinkable to challenge week in, week out on a one-year-old motorcycle. The Italian backed that up with fourth in Portimao and now heads to the opening round of the season with the expectation that he’ll be competing for a debut premier class podium. Much like his teammate, Bezzecchi will be looking to grace the podium on a frequent basis and will, without doubt, be secretly aiming to become a premier class race winner at one point throughout the year. His pace there after only one day was much improved compared to what he managed with the RC213V the day before and that continued into this year by setting his fastest ever laps of Sepang and Portimao. Fast in Valencia, fast in Sepang and fast in Portimao before a big crash ruled him out of any further riding. The Italian will sit out the final day of testing after a Day 1 crash, but reveals he’s very pleased with how pre-season has gone overall.

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