MotoGP » Redding: Size more important than skill in Moto2


“It's stopped being about who's the best rider in Moto2, because physical size seems to be more important than skill” – Scott Redding.

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stevekiwiinuk - Unregistered

September 19, 2012 7:56 PM

Let's cut through all the c..p here, the class we're talking about is meant to be a control class, just like Moto3. Control class means you control all the external influences such as tyres, fuel and power to weight ratio. This is not for negotiation...period. Maybe the viewer should stop buying from Sponsors advertising on these 'illegal' bikes - that would get some action....or just tune out like I have which would have the same effect.

TalentFan - Unregistered

September 20, 2012 1:48 PM

@ CRT
"@ Smaller guys will always have the smaller frontal area working for them - less aerodynamic drag."
Posted by JC Racing. And your question was....
"Which has what exactly to do with someone's weight?"

Um.... how about the fact that smaller guys weigh less than bigger guys? Meaning that the smaller guy has less drag to hit higher speeds, and less weight as well so they can get to that higher speed faster, and also shed that speed more quickly due to lower mass?

A triple whammy of advantages there - & what (primary) tools do racers need to be able to overtake? Yup, acceleration out of corners, top speed and outbraking manoeuvres.

Not hard to figure out at all really.

kenlucky - Unregistered

September 20, 2012 4:46 PM

Sorry Kenlucky, you're way off here...this is a new class (Control?) with a new set of rules which have been blatently bent to suit the lighter rider. As regards your comment of weight making no difference down the straight you ignore the acceleration difference onto the straight and the improved braking at the end of it. Posted by stevekiwiinuk

You FAIL to explain WHAT rule changes benfit spaniards? Or "lighter" riders?

True,the acc. onto the staight HELPS top speed, but that IS quickly negated by POOR aerodynamics. In fact I have a top podium pic at Valencia sided by two kids some 25kg less & I was passed a few times at the middle of straight-(not on accl despite riding an oldie but goodie R6)soley on THE draft (bigger and tuck poorly).I had better traction too... quite simple.

CRT - Unregistered

September 20, 2012 5:56 PM

@ Um.... how about the fact that smaller guys weigh less than bigger guys? Meaning that the smaller guy has less drag to hit higher speeds, and less weight as well so they can get to that higher speed faster, and also shed that speed more quickly due to lower mass?
Posted by TalentFan

So every person on the planet that is 6'00" tall weighs the same, with the same build?

It's not impossible for a 6 foot person to tuck in behind a windscreen and upper fairing.

Weight has zero to do with aerodynamic properties.

Not hard to figure out at all really.

Poison - Unregistered

September 20, 2012 9:04 PM

Whaddaya EXPECT ferchrissakes? Moto2 is a series designed by Spaniards (Dorna) FOR Spaniards (Dorna), so that Spaniards (being smaller) are more likely to WIN!!! So its no surprise that Spaniards are winning (as per the wishes of Dorna)..........is it?

Sam - Unregistered

September 20, 2012 10:44 PM

Although size matters, but not always. Remember how faster Marco was on that satellite gresini against almost midgets Pedrosa and Stoner on factory Honda???

milk - Unregistered

September 20, 2012 11:00 PM

To be fair to the smaller guys, you can't HELP being shorter and thus it's inevitable you will weigh a lot less that someone like Redding who is six foot! Nevertheless, I think Moto2 would benefit from a minimum combined weight.


By the way, Pol is 5cm taller than the Chosen One and only 1kg heavier but we won't attack Espargaro, just Marquez :)

TalentFan - Unregistered

September 21, 2012 9:16 AM

@ CRT
"So every person on the planet that is 6'00" tall weighs the same, with the same build?" No (of course). But a 6' rider cannot help but he mcu heavier & larger than a 5' one.

"It's not impossible for a 6 foot person to tuck in behind a windscreen and upper fairing." No (but he'll have more drag).

"Weight has zero to do with aerodynamic properties." Except for the inevitable correlation with mass/size.

"Not hard to figure out at all really." It seems that perhaps it is - you seem to be presenting an argument for the sake of it, when there is a direct factual correlation that cannot be denied. Very small riders have a distinct advantage in key areas over even average size riders. The mechanism is at least reduce that advantage is there - minimum weight.

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