MotoGP » Lorenzo, Pedrosa talk Yamaha, Honda strengths

“It seems like - from the outside - [Yamaha] have improved a lot in the areas where we were stronger” – Dani Pedrosa.

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July 18, 2012 8:16 AM

So Yamahas improvements in lap times stem from the engine. For 2 seasons Jorge has been asking for a better engine and at last he has it. Perhaps Ducati aren't as slow as we thought in bringing out upgrades.

By and large the 3 makes are very close.
Of course the CRTs will never catch up but it's good to see their lap time deficits coming down.

pl1 - Unregistered

July 18, 2012 8:24 AM

I think that even in the 800cc era, Yamaha had a quite good and strong engine, but they also had some trouble getting the power to the ground.

This year, they have improved a lot in that area. The M1 is the most complete package out there, meaning it works better than the rest in the majority of tracks.

The RCV looks a bit shaky on corner entry , especially during the brake-throttle transition.


July 18, 2012 9:29 AM

Does anyone recall a season when JLo had a problematic bike, I certainly don't. Year after year he gets the best stuff. He is still to prove that he can be fast on a mediocre machine, as Rossi(in 2004), Dani and Casey have already shown they can.

Cedric - Unregistered

July 18, 2012 11:14 AM

Even in 2003, when he won his first Gp. That Derbi was the same that ruined Alzamora's career (world champion). The man wasn't able to get any top ten result at any race.

The boy has proven to be fast with everything he has ridden (4 brands if i'm not wrong). And when he's had the best stuff he's done what champions do, winnning.

Saying Stoner or Pedro are the only ones who can be fast on a "bad bike" (questionable) is absurd.

King Kenny - Unregistered

July 18, 2012 11:35 AM

The 2011 Yamaha was anything but the "best stuff", let's be honest. And he rode it like what he is: a World Champion. I doubt Pedrosa or even Stoner would have been capable of keeping the title fight alive till the end with such disadvantage. Winning 2 or 3 races? Maybe.

The superb Lorenzo we are witnessing this season is a direct product of having to push the 2011 bike beyond its limit race after race, practice after practice.

What title has Stoner won that he didn't have the absolute best bike on the grid? As soon as the Ducati started losing its advantage, Stoner started dropping in the standings. He is an amazing rider, but not a rainmaker. Top 4 of the World, no doubt. Top 3? Maybe. Top 2? I don't think so.

there there now - Unregistered

July 18, 2012 12:01 PM

@King kenny:

A bit harsh on Casey there Kenny, remember he was new to the RCV in 2011 when he won the championship and Danny had years of previous experience on the rcv, and could not get anywhere near his performance, that shows his class.


July 18, 2012 12:19 PM

@King Kenny if Casey's a maybe for your top 3 pray tell who is,people won't realise just how good he is until he's retired he has made more than one good rider look average and more than one average bike look good

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