MotoGP » Marc Marquez makes fastest start at 'fun' Austin


"It is a fun circuit, because there's not a single bump on the track" - Marc Marquez.

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46 reasons - Unregistered

March 13, 2013 10:40 AM

Looks like the title will be contested along the line, Pedrosa,MM and Lorenzo for the podium.Bradl,Rossi,Crutchlow and Bautista geting the occasional look in. Another predictable season for Motogp .

Ich - Unregistered

March 13, 2013 10:54 AM

@ johnny

Electronics help (a lot) adapting quickly.

When you have to "open the throttle and trust the electronics" it means you don't need too much practice/skills in controlling the delivery with your wrist..

This is not about MM and much less so to take anything away from him, just a thought..

Sasha - Unregistered

March 13, 2013 11:02 AM

And how do electronics help with braking (apart from slipping the clutch), corner entry speed decisions, flicking the bike trought the corners and controlling front wheel position. There is soooo much more than just rear wheel spin control, wheelie control and launch control. Also guess you missed the interview with the Honda boss, who claims MM rides with the same fine feel like Casey Stoner.
Also, if it was so easy with electronics, why don't Jorge and Vale simply flip it on to the max and go balls out. It is so easy right.

mike - Unregistered

March 13, 2013 11:29 AM

I read an interview recently with ( I forget - may have been Edwards or A.N Other top racer ), where they were saying some riders find GP bikes easier to ride fast than Moto2 bikes, and it's wrong, and it's' to do with electronics.
Corner speed, lines, braking etc are the same principls as with smaller bikes, but magnified a little. Power is double, but they can pin it and not worry.....Electronics killing GP...... I want to see the best riders on the fastest and hardest to control bikes. Might not be what Honda etc want, but it'd make good telly :-)

jjthekid46 - Unregistered

March 13, 2013 11:34 AM

Exactly, if electonics made things so easy, Smith would have been on Crutchlow's pace straight away in Sepang, since the Yamaha is the sweetest handling bike out there, yet he was consistently over a second slower. It takes much more than a few electronics to ride at the aliens level.

shamarone

March 13, 2013 11:48 AM
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re: "There is soooo much more than just rear wheel spin control, wheelie control and launch control."

exactly, there's the million dollar gearbox that burgess said they had, but i said they didn't, that they are now working to get.

MTI - Unregistered

March 13, 2013 12:17 PM

@Ich,

Doh - those electronics really stop front end slides on corner entry uner hard braking ?

Whilst at full lean angle these cant just open the thottle as not even these high tech electrics will catch the rear end slipping......

Stick to your Quad bikes

Ich - Unregistered

March 13, 2013 12:45 PM

@ many

Could you please quote where I said electronics does everything for you?

I said it -and believe- it makes it easier to adapt by helping you out in some areas (the one I mentioned was: power delivery, which translates in less highsides, great help in shooting out faster from corners).

If you compare the amount of time (and learning skills) needed to become competitive in the old 500cc 2 strokes in pre-ECU era with today's machines, I think it's not a scandal saying that today it's easier to go quick straight away.

Again, this is only food for thoughts, not to take anything away from any of today's riders.

Sasha - Unregistered

March 13, 2013 1:34 PM

Adapt to 500cc bikes....
Biaggi won his first 500c race on a non HRC Kanemoto Honda. Vale became 2nd in the class on his Nastro Azurro Honda in his first year. Wayne rainy scored four podiums from his 4th till 7th race in his first year. Daryl Beattie got 2nd place at his 2nd race....

Talent will rise to the top quickly. All the others are basically and upopularly said, grid fillers. Only if they are very unlucky with the material (like Sete Gibernau for example in his Suzuki years) they will learn and rise to the top quickly.

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