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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April 12, 2012 9:21 PM

1500cc's are you mad? You really think their is a market for 1500cc superbikes? Dealers have a hard enough time selling 1000s. And remember the battle for top speed between Suzuki and Kawasaki? 1200 and 1300 'Hyperbikes' The ninja was the better bike, more sportsbike in proportions and handling but turns out people who want a sports bike preferred the smaller 1000s so they shelved the ninja and made a hyper tourer, the zzr1400.


April 13, 2012 11:21 AM

Irrelevant stats
Heavier bikes
New tyres that heat up fast and wear out fast
Less fuel equals lower settings
800cc developed 5 years
1000cc dveloped 5 tests
800cc already had to much power
Cheers Claes

some1 - Unregistered

April 13, 2012 6:23 PM

The Crutchlow raised on the top in the improvement chart is because he almost reach the higher corner speed learning phase for the 800. Most of the top 800 aliens already passed it.

When the 1000's arrived, the corner speed reduced and is exactly at Cal's comfort zone. While the Aliens has to reduced their reflectiveness to adapt to the 1000's.

MotoGP legends used to be had the fastest reflect under high speed moment similar to the top jet fighter.

BTMsteve - Unregistered

April 13, 2012 9:36 PM

in reply to comment on first page:-

Some 990cc machinery in the past still hold several circuit record to date. So it's just about time, after all Qatar is dirtier this year.

Thats true but this years bikes have a fuel limit so have to be tuned down to drink less fuel hence wont go as fast as the 990s

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