With the great motorcycling championship of all time, the attention is focused on the MotoGP test of Valencia: the most useful but also the most annoying for the teams and pilots.
This time, two years ago, all eyes were on Jorge Lorenzo on Tuesday after the last race of the season.
The excitement for his great experience with the Ducati (shown below) was comparable only to Valentino Rossi's debut with Yamaha before the 2004 season, which had to wait for Sepang because Honda did not allow him to drive Yamaha on & # 39; 03 test of Valencia.
This year, we will see how Lorenzo handles his first contact with the RC213V of Honda.
This test could be more bearable for Lorenzo than his teammates, because he returned to Valencia receiving four GPs because of the injury on the left arm he suffered during the practice of Buriram last month.
It should also be exciting for the four rookies moving to MotoGP – Joan Mir, Fabio Quartararo, Miguel Oliveira and Francesco Bagnaia – as they begin to work with their new teams.
But for those who just finished the routine of a full MotoGP season, the Valencia test is less attractive.
There is no better time to go on holiday than the end of the season, because it is the best time to break and recharge the batteries.
But the tension of the calendar and the restrictions of regulation force the equipment and pilots to be in march. And these circumstances sometimes mean that these test sessions are not performed under the most favorable mental and physical conditions.
"From the point of view of the riders, this is the worst test we can do, since we are very tired in every way," explains Andrea Dovizioso, from Ducati, to Autosport.
"But as we do a few during the whole season, and once the motorcycle has to continue developing, we have to do it.
"If you ride for an official team, this particular test is very important because some specific parts that will be applied on the next year's motorcycle will be decided there."
As in 2017, the MotoGP family will remain in Valencia until Wednesday and then will go to Xerez, where the factories will continue to develop their bikes for 2019.
The days 28 and 29 of November in Jerez are crucial days to make decisions; In some cases, feedback from pilots may lead the team to refuse some pieces that may be very important.
Suzuki proves that risk – in the 2016 tests it took an incorrect turn in terms of engine specification and fought with the consequences in all 17.
"This test is really annoying, but the official teams have to do it," adds Dovizioso, who will appear with the Ducati garage with the replacement of Lorenzo Danilo Petrucci.
"The worst thing is that they require a lot of things in a short period of time, but really take advantage of the time you have.
"If you work four consecutive hours, it's four hours of quality."