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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Juicek - Unregistered

September 18, 2012 2:16 PM

Erm. I think u will find that Scott Redding won the British GP on a 125. To become the youngest ever GP winner.
The lad has talent and bags of it!!

mk1tt16v - Unregistered

September 18, 2012 2:16 PM

@CRT
it has been clear to see that the rider has been hampered by his mass since he started to be a competitive rider in moto2. mass plays a huge part in these low powered classes. in moto gp the rider really would excel.

CRT - Unregistered

September 18, 2012 2:28 PM

@ The difference caused by rider weights in MotoGP is ever so slightly less than in Moto2 not because of the power output but because the bikes are 12% heavier.
Posted by petrolbonce

Almost a 45 percent increase in power and a 12% increase in weight.

Additional mass carried by the riders is more likely to be muscle, not body fat, which means moving the machine becomes easier and less taxing on the body.

I fully understand the physics behind power to weight ratios. What those ratios do not compensate for is the actually rider itself. In the case of MotoGP, the power has more to do with the machine than combined weight of the rider and bike. The additional weight is negligible.

Nick636

September 18, 2012 2:36 PM

@ CRT

When you look back at the Silverstone round, where he beat MArquez outright, a circuit where top speed is not that important, it shows his size is a BIG factor, as he CLEARLY has the ability to beat the competition... And the best of them at that.

Nick636

September 18, 2012 2:39 PM

I fully understand the physics behind power to weight ratios. What those ratios do not compensate for is the actually rider itself. In the case of MotoGP, the power has more to do with the machine than combined weight of the rider and bike. The additional weight is negligible.
Posted by CRT - Unregistered (8 minutes ago)

BUT, in a class with 100hp less, it is quite a BIG difference...

Nick636

September 18, 2012 2:42 PM

Oh dear gawd,.... IM SOUNDING LIKE A FANBOY!!!!!!!!

Just to make this clear, I like the kid, he is quick, and I think he'd do well in MotoGP, but whether they change the rule or not, I don't care much...

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

September 18, 2012 2:42 PM

Weight obviously makes a difference and so does physical size - which would increase drag if the rider can't get as tucked in.

We only have to look at how emaciated Spies looks since joining MotoGP.

I suspect the difference in MotoGP is small, but at the top level every tiny advantage makes a difference.

I would like to see a minimum weight in Moto2. But for me Marquez is the most skilled rider and would still have won this year even if his bag carried 10kg of ballast.

I hope Scott does move up soon - MCN reported last week that he was faster than Iannone in the Ducati MotoGP test recently.

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