MotoGP » Trackside at Sepang with Wilco Zeelenberg


"The riders have to be prepared to open the throttle, let the bike spin-up and make sure that if something goes wrong they are able to 'swallow it' [correct it], body-position wise" - Wilco Zeelenberg, Yamaha MotoGP team manager.

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Motojunky

February 18, 2013 7:32 AM

"The riders have to be prepared to open the throttle, let the bike spin-up and make sure that if something goes wrong they can 'swallow it', body wise.

OK all you keyboard warriors, enlighten me on what your take is on this comment.

Sash - Unregistered

February 18, 2013 7:44 AM

What is so difficult about it? When it starts to loose the front you have to be able to catch it with your knee and push it up. When it spins up too much you better let it spin out but also quickly position your body weight to prevent being thrown off when it catches up with the tarmac.
Not that you need strong bones to kiss the tarmac without injury.

Hi Side - Unregistered

February 18, 2013 7:54 AM

All good and well for Wilco to make this comment, but what about the risk involved?
Isn't that how Stoner lost the 2012 title. Lit the tyre up, got it spinning, then it (the tyre) hooked up and spat him off. Broke his ankle.

slider - Unregistered

February 18, 2013 8:09 AM

I think you are missing what he is saying hi side. he's saying that to avoid losing control they have to react quickly with their body when the bike gets loose

Hi Side - Unregistered

February 18, 2013 8:39 AM

@ Slider.
No your missing my point. Stoner is the ultimate in sliding as Wilco is talking about. If Stoner can't react quick enough, who can?
As I said, very risky.

slider - Unregistered

February 18, 2013 8:43 AM

motogp is risky. what do you want them to do, stop sliding?

if they didn't spin the rear of the bike up they'd be 10 seconds a lap off the pace and out of a job.

sometimes it goes wrong for even the best, stoner, lorenzo, rossi, and they get hurt. that's the risks of being in motogp.

Stavros - Unregistered

February 18, 2013 9:12 AM

"The riders have to be prepared to open the throttle, let the bike spin-up and make sure that if something goes wrong they can 'swallow it', body wise.

"OK all you keyboard warriors, enlighten me on what your take is on this comment."

I ink hes saying The rider needs to have a smooth and relaxed body position, and when the rear steps out they need to be able to maintain this while making subtle adjustments to compensate for the rear tyre coming around. The trick is to know instantly when the slide is occurring ( preferably having deliberately instigated it) but then to react smoothly rather than provoke a highside. If you want to see the epitome of the technique you have to watch Stoner at turn 3 Phillip Island, in person.


Slide Rules! - Unregistered

February 18, 2013 9:43 AM

Junky, I think Wilco is saying that the series is missing the most exciting, innovative and talented rider he has seen.
But... what would he know?

Then again he could just be saying that the gutsiest riders will be the quickest and being fans of the sport, we already know that's what makes it such a spectacle.

moto fan - Unregistered

February 18, 2013 2:57 PM

it doesn't have anything to do with losing the front end Spinning up is referring to the rear tire and the need to have your body positioning allow a more vertical bike while still being able to make the bend. You'll see that when these gods spin the back up the bike is much more vertical that when it is gripping and leaning over alot. If they didn't have their body's in the correct position they wouldn't make the turn.

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