MotoGP » 'You always learn' - Lorenzo looking inwards

"Last season Lorenzo was able to improve his style and now he rides half-and-half, between a pure 250cc style and the Honda acceleration 'trick' " - Valentino Rossi.

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billy bantam - Unregistered

March 06, 2013 11:24 PM

It'll be tough for George this season, that's for sure, but his methodical approach to his racing could be the key. He's perfectly suited to a modern day MotoGP machine, more so IMO than all except Vale. I expect Rossi to be in the mix as far as wins are concerned, but not enough to win the title, MM will have a season similar to Lorenzo's debut year and Dani, well, if he can stay out of trouble i think he'll be the one to beat, but, hopefully, Mr Lawrence will he man to beat him.

fool - Unregistered

March 07, 2013 2:23 AM

As well know, VR's test/practice/qualifying pace is usually quite less than his race pace.

For example, he was consistently 12/13/14th (or worse) in all practice/tests/qualifying that he did on the Ducati.
Contrast this to where he finished in the WC points - 6th.

As long as VR is consistently a strong 3rd in testing/practice/qualifying, he stands a VERY good chance - more than anyone else - of bagging the championship.

Ok I'm not a big VR fan - just making an observation!

Too dangerous? BS! - Unregistered

March 07, 2013 3:56 AM

I wholeheartedly disagree with the notion that the modern motogp bikes cannot be ridden without electronics (tc). There is a little work required to smooth the power delivery characteristic and they obviously won't be as fast but they can definitely be ridden to the limit without the compulsary highsides as some would like to believe. The best riders will get it to the limit faster is all, just like the old 500's. These guys have enough discipline to re-learn how not to grab giant handfuls of throttle way too early in the corner. We need to put the dominance back in the hands of the riders, not in the hands of the electronics engineers.

herewego - Unregistered

March 07, 2013 8:11 AM

Whole heartedly agree with Too Dangerous?BS!. Bikes have now become little more than computer controlled machines with the rider's unput having less and less to do with performance. Listening to some of the problems that occur is laughable - take the bike's "mapping system"! For a bike to "know where it is on a track" and behave accordingly is frankly ridiculous, also for a bike to adjust it's speed to reduce fuel consumption and all the rest of the "controlled" programmes is not what real racing should be all about. Real racing should be about a basic bike and a rider, with the best rider having the ultimate control, using all his skill and ability to get to the front and win!! What is so wrong with that these days??

Guna - Unregistered

March 07, 2013 11:31 AM

In education system's examination procedure marks are valued more than knowledge,, similarly motogp is becoming more result oriented where lap times and speed are valued more than skills and potential,,

Why seven time motogp champ is having tough times these days?
Its not about the skills, but the thing that makes difference is the way how Rossi grew up and others grew up... Rossi grew up on bikes which had far and few basic electronics only, while most of current riders grew up on bikes which has the most advanced electronics,, Current motogp is more about electronics, and thats why new riders trust in electronics and push to the real new limits of the bike while Rossi is not trusting the electronics as much as his juniors are doing and that is why he is still not at the limits... If at all Rossi losses his dominance completely in these coming days then this new electronics and his age factor will be the main reason...
Any more electronics will kill motogp and these days top riders


March 07, 2013 2:18 PM

@Guna Electronics aren't holding Rossi back (from matching JLo and Pedro). He was an avid exploiter of electronics at Yamaha in the past.

If you read what Rossi actually said, he is once again, surprisingly frank and forthright. He needs to adjust to the new world order or remain slightly off the pace.

Besides that, vehicle electronics are here to stay, for road bikes, cars and trucks... And in more ways than you can imagine.

99 Crystal Ball. - Unregistered

March 07, 2013 2:39 PM

I know a lot of people go on about the 500 era and how little in the way of electronics they had,if any.But dont forget,they produced nearly 80bhp less than todays bikes.That is a big difference.
I dont think you would get any rider on the grid to agree to remove all electronics off a 250bhp bike.This sport is dangerous as it is without making it suicidal.
If all electronics were removed,they would have to tone down the power output.They would never get the rear tyre to last the race distance!

Roman - Unregistered

March 07, 2013 8:26 PM

The best rider will always make the tire last the longest. Bikes only make as much power as you add throttle, same for the 500's as it is now. Wouldn't matter if they had 350hp, tune the hit and manage the throttle. So I guess for a rider to go from a scooter to a liter bike would be suicidal? BS, more discipline is all that's required. These guys can handle it.

Roman - Unregistered

March 08, 2013 8:19 PM

If you don't have enough sense to limit the throttle input until the skills are developed than your days are numbered anyway.
Pretty sure GP riders know the drill, you can only ever go as fast as the tires will allow.

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