MotoGP » PIC: Marc Marquez gets elbow down - in the wet!


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shamarone

March 23, 2013 10:48 PM
Last Edited 390 days ago

yeah he's just puttin' on a show, but whatever, isn't that what dorna's paying him to do with MS58 gone...? CS27 gone...? and VR46 inevitably gone...?

remember, the MGP business model isn't very durable as it's too politicized and highly dependant on "star-effing" to succeed. as we've just seen, one death and one retirement in rapid succession and it all goes "pear shaped".

dno360 - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 8:46 AM

I did a bit of racing but am def not an expert. When you hang off a lot you need a barometer for lean, I used my toes and the absolute limit was the engine case! I think thats why he's deliberately sticking that elbow out, to guage lean angle. Its right that more hang off allows bike to be more upright but if the bike moves suddenly he's definitely more likely to slide off it. Look at motocrossers and speedway riders, they do the opposite, push the bike down underneath them because they know its going to slide. Whatever, it definitely looks cool!

new chapter - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 9:03 AM

the way he leans off a bike with his body over the side low reminds me so much of a young Randy mamola... of course the tyres in his day didnt allow quite as much lean angle but mostly it was the power characteristics of the big two strokes that negated quite so much lean angle for elbow down but there were guys experimenting with elbow down back then ( ruggia late 80s, robinson 90s) but whilst the tyres had the grip for the lean angles on the 250s they didnt have the compound technology they have now to hold higher torque from the bigger engines at such angles.. the emphasis was to spend as little time on the side of the tyre as possible...todays electronics and tyre compounds are allowing this elbow down style to be incorporated effectively and i believe...helping to advance a more effective riding technique into the premier class .... and marques is in the right place at the right time with the right skill levels to create the next level...

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