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“…and also tried some different engine specification to help us choose the direction to work in for the future” – Jorge Lorenzo.

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King Kenny - Unregistered

July 17, 2012 1:03 PM

Honda engine + Yamaha frame? Not necessarily a better combination than Yamaha engine + Yamaha frame. The engine configuration of the M1 plays a great role in the behavior and handling of the bike.

In 2010, before the teams had started to work on the 1000cc prototypes, there was an interview with a Japanese engineer from Yamaha. When asked if for the new bike Yamaha would consider a V4 like Honda, his answer was that that wasn't even an option, that he didn't like V4 engines and thought their configuration was better.

Last season, and also the second half of 2010, the Yamaha didn't struggle with lack of power as much as with lack of rear traction. The words of Ramon Forcada were "we have more power than we can actually put on the ground".

paijo - Unregistered

July 17, 2012 1:39 PM

yeahh...yamaha is already a winning machine since 2008--2010...and 2011 hondas are just slightly faster but not far from there's no reason to make a radical change...and remember it's still M1...not M2 or so on...basically still the 'same' bike since 2002...

yamaha + Jlo = makes the race boring since 2010...hahahaha...


July 17, 2012 2:12 PM
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MotoGP fans are a fickle lot aren't they? After Sachsenring you couldn't move without hearing somebody opine that Honda had got it sorted and were going to walk away with the championship. Here we are one race later and all we hear is that the Yamaha is far superior to the Honda. It doesn't work like that.

What really matters is that the M1 and Lorenzo suit each other perfectly at most circuits. If the Yamaha was the superior bike some claim it to be we'd be seeing full Yamaha podiums at every race.

Just like in 2004 Checa showed that the M1 wasn't suddenly far superior to the Honda. If the Yamaha had been so good Checa would not have finished the year with five Hondas ahead of him. He finished in seventh just like he did in 2003. This year we have Ben Spies giving us that reality check.

there there now - Unregistered

July 17, 2012 2:14 PM


Easy there Paijo, it's up to the other rider to make a race of it, Jorge is doing what he is paid a lot of money to do win, also i feel the change to a 1000 is fairly big don't you think.

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