MotoGP » Moto2: 'Neutral' Marquez gives masterclass in Motegi

Marc Marquez headed up an all Spanish podium after overcoming a terrible start to take a stunning win from a hard battling Espargaro.

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Sun - Unregistered

October 14, 2012 10:26 PM

Hahaha cry babies !

Rookie mistake ? use your EYES, he put it in gear on the line ! something went wrong with the gearbox, I was watching him when he put it in gear. Not his mistake.

As for not being a level playing field, are you joking ? Moto3 and Moto2 are much much more level than MotoGP, and they have the same engine.

Total sooks. CHAMPION rider, he's way smoother than everyone else, he uses his tyres better, he's faster mid corner, his lines are better, the list goes on. Quit being ignorant babies.

loobyloo - Unregistered

October 15, 2012 6:57 PM

- I know you may not agree but it is a little unfair to take against other posters choice of words over the start when they came from Marquez himself:

Quote “I made a huge mistake on the start - it was a rookie mistake,” - if he did put it in gear as you say then he has chosen to say otherwise himself.

Thought he showed some of the race craft today in going from the back to first that we should be looking forward to in MotoGP from him instead of the rash moves we have been used to seeing of late.It's a shame as when shows he can ride so well it makes his unpenalised take-outs even harder to stomach.

Roadrunner - Unregistered

October 15, 2012 8:31 PM

"I think the problem is not the top speed...but how fast you reach that top speed...seems like he reached it at the middle of the straight already...while everyone reach it at the end of the straight...that's will make a lot of differences...and I think it's visible for us...shame they didn't show the throttle&brake+speed like MotoGP..."

So, you believe he was way faster at the middle of the straight, but only a bit faster in the end of the straight?

Higher engine power comes into play the more the longer you have been running on a straight. If you have higher engine power at the beginning of the straight, you also have it at the end and the advantage becomes even larger.

Body weight however plays a bigger role for acceleration at lower speeds than at higher speeds...

Roadrunner - Unregistered

October 15, 2012 8:38 PM

"Do you know precisely when and how those measurements were taken? If they are the highest speeds recorded for each bike, it's quite possible that Espargaro's was set when he was directly behind Marquez in his slipstream. If that IS the case, and he was still 1.8km/h slower even with a tow, it's a significant difference. It would mean that Marquez could pull out of Espargaro's slipstream and pass at will, whereas Espargaro would run into the proverbial brick wall whenever he tried to do the same."

If course Espargaro's highest top speed was measured when he was in a slipstream - and so was Marquez'. Those were the highest topspeeds of each of them and both of them have been in the slipstream for a large part of the race. It's Moto2 - riders spend most of the race inside the slipstream of another rider.

By the way: I also heard the same argument about Marquez' supposedly superior straight line speed even when he was far from being the fastest in the top speed list.

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