MotoGP » HRC: 1000cc only unleashed in 5th and 6th gears

“Even with the 800cc we had to reduce the power up to fourth gear”- Shuhei Nakamoto.

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February 07, 2012 9:37 AM

For years people were saying 'bring back the 500s!' or 'bring back the 990s!'.

And I always wondered why when it's not the size of the engine which affects the show, it's the nature of the electronics.
Moto2 offered awesome racing last year with just 125bhp and a control ecu/engine.
800cc and 225bhp is more than enough when you don't have variable GPS TC, anti-wheelie and all the other electronic aids!
For me SBK should be 1000cc road derived, Moto2 should be 600cc road derived with protoype chassis (130bhp) and MotoGP should be 600cc prototype engine and chassis, 190bhp and 140kg.

Now that would be pure GP racing!

Dutch69Camaro - Unregistered

February 07, 2012 9:39 AM

It sounds a bit iffy lol...but it's true nevertheless!
I am a Rossi fan and a Stoner fan too (unbelievable isn't it?) and it's funny to see that it took Stoner to prove Rossi's statement that the rider is more important than the bike. There were plenty of RCV's on track last year but, if it wasn't for Stoner it would be a Yamaha to steal the no. 1 spot....

leonidas - Unregistered

February 07, 2012 10:21 AM

as much as i hate stoner.. i have to agree with the above comment.. it took him to prove rossi's statement.. quite ironical.. but he did ride a flawlessly last season..

Mr Know it All - Unregistered

February 07, 2012 10:48 AM

Please Dorna just ban all the damn electronics on these bikes so they do get full power through every gear so their rider talent lies in their head and in their reactions and instinct, not the anti wheelie, traction control blah blah which only went to ruin F1 long term before being banned.

thegreatmunberseven - Unregistered

February 07, 2012 12:54 PM

Anybody here who rides a litre sport bike (I have an 08 R1) can understand this. Even a standard road R1 has FAR too much power in the lower gears. What we need in MOTOGP is a cost cutting, smaller (500?), twin cylinder engine and ban all the electronic rubbish.
When we've reached the point where engines have too much power for even the very top guys something has gone badly wrong.

MM - Unregistered

February 07, 2012 1:56 PM

It's sometimes said that without their complex ECU mapping, motogp bikes would be unrideable but if they could no longer rely on the electronics to do it for them, the factories would have to design engines which were fundamentally more tractable, producing less top end but with a wider spread of usuable power. That would automatically reduce top speeds as well as putting the emphasis back on the best rider and bike combination rather than the best computer program.

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