MotoGP » Moto2: Márquez, Redding share honours on final day

Reigning 125cc World Champion Marc Márquez and young British star Scott Redding depart Valencia with the psychological edge amongst the 2011 Moto2 pack, after leaving their pursuers trailing on the final day of testing in Spain

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February 14, 2011 11:10 AM

Got agree that the weight issue is over rated...

How heavy are the bikes? 140kg?
And the fuel? 21kg
And a typical rider? 58kg?
And kit? (boots, leathers, helmet) 6kg

That's 226kg
Even if the next rider is a full stone heavier, that's 6.3kg.
There is not much of a difference between 226 and 232kg in the real world.
Sure, you'd rather be the lighter rider most of the time, but it's really not the be all and end all that some people think.


February 14, 2011 12:57 PM

Jon, I don't know whether you are right or not, but if the extra wgt/height only costs a rider 1 tenth of a second per lap, it could be enough to keep a rider off the podium.


February 14, 2011 4:47 PM

Good summation Jon.In this game physical stature is neither here nor there.'What you gain on the rocking horse,you lose on the swings'.Taller rider,more leverage and can place the bike where he wants on corner entry and control it.Smaller rider has to be more precise,carry more corner speed and exit advantage to him.
I do not want to aggravate a Stoner/Rossi issue here,but the perfect example is Catalunya 2007.
Rossi planted the bike wherever he liked in the braking zone,Stoner carried the corner speed and gassed it out much earlier.
So,to get back on topic,Marc will exploit where he has an edge,Scott,Andrea and Alex will play to their strengths.Good on all of them.Everyone very quiet about Julian Simon and Tom Luthi and Yuki Takahashi.Watch that space and hope for good weather in Estoril all week long.

UPS - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 6:53 PM

Marquez has shown his class yet again by adapting quickly to the four stroke, and I would be among those expecting him to be a contender for the championship in his first year of Moto2, but the problem with these test results is that they aren't using the race engines, so it's impossible to draw any conclusions. Despite it being an official test, the teams are having to use a mix of modified CBR engines in wildly varying states of tune. Presumably Honda have failed to supply the engines in time, yet again, or are deliberately cost cutting, but it's strange that there's been no announcement or comment on precisely why race engines have not been supplied for an official test as provided for in the rules.

nick redding - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 9:15 PM

i dont know what motor m m. was using but i can tell you that scott reddings motor was as stock as they come. just apipe full gas scott you made us all so proud. love nick an family.

let us hope not - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 9:29 PM
Last Edited 1748 days ago

Dear Marc Marquez,

What ever you do, do not get promoted into the big boy class until Rossi retires. As history has provem if you beat Rossi you will become hated.

Best of luck to you in your Moto2 championship chase.

EDIT by CRASH.NET - to remove comment on fans.

UPS - Unregistered

February 15, 2011 11:39 AM

Glad to hear that Nick, not that I have any doubts about Scott's talent either. I hope he's worked on fitness over the winter as it seems that was his Achilles heel last year, particularly in Malaysia. It's great to see some British riders taking the GP route rather than stagnating for years in production based series and I'd love to see him win the championship this year. Best of luck to him.

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