MotoGP » Qatar MotoGP rider times: 800cc v 1000cc

A comparison in race times for MotoGP riders that finished both the 2011 800cc Qatar night race and last Sunday's 1000cc Losail season opener...

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Allthatflash - Unregistered

April 11, 2012 9:34 PM

So its fair to day going to the 800cc bikes was a mistake, thinking it would be slowing things down like they wanted to but the numbers don't lie they should've kept with the 990s bikes and really save the teams millions

troy45 - Unregistered

April 11, 2012 10:38 PM

A smaller, private team may consider going back to an 800 over a full-on 1000 but while they may post comparable or even better lap times it won't be the same come race day.

It's exactly the same route teams went down in the mid-late 90's with the 'super 250s' like the Aprilia RSV500 and NSR500V, riders could put them on pole when they got clean laps but they lost all their corner speed advantages in close racing with the V4 500's getting in their way mid corner then blasting away from them on corner exit. Still it was a good idea which got more bikes and manufacturers onto the grid at the time.

Dan - Unregistered

April 11, 2012 11:02 PM

Here come the rossi haters again, surprise surprise. Of all the riders to comment on from the list its always going to be him. Wonder if it will be the same haters when stoner starts to struggle in a couple of years from now?

Christian - Unregistered

April 11, 2012 11:59 PM

This comparison means very little with the tire change for Qatar. Looking at the lap analysis from last year to this year the tires took up to a 1 second drop off toward the end of the race per lap. Fast lap 1'55.5 2012 vs 1'55.3 2011 with both times set by stoner. The diff. in overall time WAS the tires. These bikes would have been faster overall with the same tires.

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