MotoGP » Why the MotoGP weight limit changed


“When the minutes arrived, [it turned out] that the MSMA decision was not unanimous. It was by majority” – Carmelo Ezpeleta.

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Dave - Unregistered

February 07, 2012 2:58 PM

I would rather be Honda with a bike that has infinite freedom to add the weight wherever I want than Ducati sitting on the limit with a lump of oversized engine affecting the CoG in all ways they don't want and no latitude to change it. 4kg added selectively to the engine can go a long way to extending engine longevity with the engine limit rule as well.

If you ask me this is just another piece of "Agenda Journalism" aimed at stirring the masses against Casey and Honda, with no real substance behind it.

I say bring it on!

OOj - Unregistered

February 07, 2012 3:04 PM

Once again, Ducati vigorously applies rule manipulation to win. Thus maintaining their great racing "heritage", where championships were won when their bike was not the same spec as everyone else. Except maybe stoner's 2007, where it was clear that the rider was making up the difference. And the Desmo helped - ducati's true innovation (which BTW was invented by Mercedes)

Dave - Unregistered

February 07, 2012 3:21 PM

It is right that Dorna get their way, so the end result is what we wanted anyway, and that is to make the CRT teams competitive, but all the conspiracy theorist posts now appearing crack me up, talk about making mountains out of a molehill.

p0p0p0p0ps - Unregistered

February 07, 2012 3:34 PM

The extreme lower weight motogp had, was an Unfair advantage for the midget riders...

Now, everybody has a chance, tall, short... With 1000cc bikes and with a decent weight of the bike.

Thank god for this rules, I don't want to see motogp like an hippodrome full of midgets!

February Freud - Unregistered

February 07, 2012 4:51 PM

Only casey stoner in all the world would think the ducati has an advantage over the honda... They all have chatter, could be riding style of the new 1000s the new tyres or just the fact that they are still trying to understand them. I do hope casey and honda don't have a poor season. Although I do prefer watching those who actually enjoy what they do and just get on with it. The reason casey seems to have so many problems is that he tells the world about them all. All the other riders and teams have chatter too casey, they just don't air it in public even if they did you wouldn't hear, it's all me me me I'll die and then you'll be sorry.. All casey thinks about is Rossi and Ducati if they become competitive, which they will, I worry for casey I think he might go pop....

dick moohan - Unregistered

February 07, 2012 5:10 PM
Last Edited 958 days ago

being light like dani has some advantages but there are lots of disadvantages compared to a taller rider who can move his weight and body round more for different conditions. That is why someone like the late simoncelli was so good.
Maybe next year there will be less knobbers but i doubt it.

Sim83

February 07, 2012 5:24 PM

Let's take a look at the riders from 3 factory teams:
(Honda) Pedrosa 51 kg
(Honda) Stoner 58 kg
(Yamaha) Lorenzo 65 kg
(Ducati) Rossi 67 kg
(Ducati) Heayden 69 kg
(Yamaha) Spies 71 kg

Interesting how Honda is complaining about 4 kg.
Their riders are 7~20 kg lighter than the other teams
(that's up to 45 lbs). So even with a heavier bike (for everybody), they still have the advantage.

TedG

February 07, 2012 5:24 PM

I'll bet many of the people commenting here lose sleep over Area 51.
It is dead obvious that the rules were put in place to reduce the gap between the CRTs and the prototypes.
As for Pedrosa, his weight advantage may have disappeared and if anything we will see him go to the gym and bulk up to gain strength. Little guys can build muscle just as easily as anyone else. Hopefully all the riders will stop looking like they just got done with chemotherapy.

345235423 - Unregistered

February 07, 2012 5:24 PM

**** moohan@


Right right...

Because simoncelli had an advantage is why his bike electronics lower the power to be able to finish races, because the bike eat too much fuel!

Right, no advantage for pilots like pedrosa, with a huge advantage on exit corners and the start of the race... That's why the 800cc bikes were so critical, if you had a small rider you got a bigger package but... Not anymore!

The only thing they need to fix is to increase the amount of fuel so everybody is gonna push the entire race untile the tires are gone, not like in the past!

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