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Full Thursday night free practice times from the Qatar MotoGP at Losail, round 1 of 18.

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billace - Unregistered

April 06, 2012 1:00 PM

There are so many things that go into top speed. On a long straight I saw my speed vary by 5mph in a single sprint. There are many things that effect it.

Drive off the corner
Wind speed & direction
How fast the bike is stood up
Traffic (can help or hurt)

The Ducs have always had plenty of grunt, that was never an issue. Stoner gets up there because he gets the bike stood up and gets the most available traction to accelerate. I think most of the difference in speed he creates is because of his corner exits vs the smooth style of most 250 riders with the TC to keep things smooth through the corner.

I was always told that smooth is faster, Stoner has more of a controlled chaos style that is something to watch. Riders used to copy Vale's style (look for apex not exit, foot off, etc) now they need to copy Stoner's to succeed.

Jorge and Dani are gicing it a go but crashes took them out of contention last year. Top speed has nothing to do with any of this.

billie_morini - Unregistered

April 07, 2012 4:18 AM

I haven't been any faster than 155 mph. When I used to commute regularly to work, I exceed 100 mph daily. When I used to race, I exceeded 125 mph every time out. This was all done with sufficient frequency to make it controlled and easily managed. Still, I cannot imagine what 200mph must be like!

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