MotoGP » Staring: Daunted to confident on MotoGP debut

“The first ride was daunting and I had butterflies in my stomach... By the end of the [test] I felt very confident on the bike” - Bryan Staring.

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raafrebel - Unregistered

February 13, 2013 8:41 PM

Im an Aussie and i hope he can do well. I hope he can qualify for a race start!!
With those times, it doent look good. 6 seconds off the fastest time and 3. 3 seconds off fastest CRT after 3 days.
surley the bike is capable of being much faster.
Pirro wasnt that slow from memory.
Good luck, your going to need it!!

Dean Dean

February 14, 2013 2:12 AM

@raffrabel: It would be great to see someone appear from nowhere and shine at this level, but I'm unsure as to whether or not he's somewhat overawed by the immense 'jump' he's making in classes. He mentions the fact that he was 'having to go back to his 125gp days' when trying to understand just how essential fast corner speed was, and just how amazed he was with the chassis running so stiff and rigid at this level...he also mentions the 'incredible lean angles' achievable, but more importantly is his over reliance upon the traction / electronics package...he more than intimated at the fact that he couldn't achieve a time with anything other than their maximum assistance.
Here was me thinking all Aussie racers had traction / wheelie control etc merely as an ornamentation on their race bikes :)
Still, I do wish him all the best !

Paddles - Unregistered

February 14, 2013 2:36 AM

He's not only get used to the performance gap between a production racer and a CRT but also figure out how to get the electronics and suspension tuned to suit his style. This takes longer than a 3 day test people.


February 14, 2013 3:40 AM

For God's sake, i was his first outing in a brand new team on a brand new bike in a brand new class. For the first two days they did not even change any settings except for pegs and handlebars to make it fit him better. His instructions were to learn the feeling of the bike in the out of the box settings so he would be able to tell what difference changes made when they started to tune the bike for the circuit. As soon as they started setting up the bike he went much faster. So in reality Day 3 was his first day of testing as the first two were for acclimatisation. The team were happy with his performance as he did what he was instructed to do.

mlav - Unregistered

February 14, 2013 3:58 AM

The only person staring can be compared with at this stage is lavarty. neither have started a gp before and both are new to the bikes, team and track.

unfortunately for staring, laverty was a lot faster at sepang, but i'm sure he'll close the gap at the next test


February 14, 2013 6:58 AM
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I have to say I was a bit surprised about how well Laverty done and how poorly Staring done, I really thought Staring would have done much better.
I'm hoping he goes better in the next test.


February 14, 2013 7:09 AM

@ raafrebel

Don't forget, before this, Staring had never really been on the Bridgestones, didn't know the track, was in a new team, on a bike that was, on average, 40kph down on the competition last year. That comes into play a lot at a track like Sepang.

I don't know if they have more power than last year, I never got to watch live timing, but I think after a few more tests, with a bit of effort to sort the electronics and motor, he could do well... Pirro only got that 5th because of the weather (and partly because the lack of power made the bike easier to handle in the wet).

Sik75 - Unregistered

February 14, 2013 11:17 AM

Had Brian as a coach on a track day, nice guy. Think it was a big surprise for him to be in motogp, so expect him to be a bit overwhelmed with it all. But hope he steps up and gives it a right old go. Good luck mate.

stavros - Unregistered

February 14, 2013 11:27 AM

"The only person staring can be compared with at this stage is lavarty."

OK well the first thing to compare is the bikes, and Laverty is on a the far superior Aprilia ART so it would be surprising if he were not faster!

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