MotoGP » Silverstone puts smile on Rossi's face, but MotoGP 'too perfect'


"The bikes are too perfect. You maybe need to reduce the computer [electronics] by 50-60 per cent" - Rossi on MotoGP race action.

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BurroMiapanino

August 31, 2013 6:00 AM

IF they are too perfect, then considering he and Jorge are on identical machinery, why is he unable to match the Spaniards performance on the bike?
Look, I agree with what he says in a lot of ways but the intentions of his statement reflect more the sour grapes attitude of not being able to keep up, not what might be better for the fans.

DrWho

August 31, 2013 6:55 AM

Rossi discussed the level of influence by electronics since they went from 2 strokes to 4 strokes. The problem is people go fast when they can rely on the electronics if the electronics don't work for 100% the rider doesn't know what to do. Are electronics safer for the sport? They are but in my opinion from mistakes you'll learn. If mistakes are prevented due to the high aid of electronics you won't learn from the mistakes you made. The 500cc bikes didn't had much electronics it was all about throttle control and when a 500cc bike bit you, you were thrown off. Nowadays when a 1000cc intends to bite electronics are coming in and the rider is safe.
Rossi is right about the amount of electronics it's a killer for the sport. All those mappings to save fuel until the end, launch control, anti overtaking and all that blabla sensors on it. if they want to make the sport cheaper don't let factories spend millions to develop engines that last 5 races each and consume 20 liters of fuel for a r

Codger

August 31, 2013 8:00 AM

It seems to be forgotten that Casey didn't turn down the electronics because he is some sort of Superman. He turned them down to allow him to spin the rear to overcome the front end understeer problems. His unique skills allowed him to win races where no one else could..... but not always.

TalentFan

August 31, 2013 8:09 AM

Why not stop bickering and points scoring and just take what VR is saying at face value? Why? Because he is RIGHT about this.

Electronics are optimised for performance every corner resulting in the bikes being optimised and therefore making overtaking opportunities much more limited. They also DO reduce rider influence on the performance.

This is BEFORE we even consider how electronics can be used as a tool to control relative performance and adjust the outcome between 1 rider & another.

The OTT Tech IS killing the Racing. I'm just glad such a prominent figure in MotoGP is saying so publicly.

TalentFan

August 31, 2013 8:15 AM

I've been saying the same thing for ages and have had posters (notably RSMick) be condescending and try to imply I'm some sort of idiot for saying the bikes are too sophisticated and that a machine without a map for every inch of track would provide a much better MotoGP.

What are these people going to say now - are they going to imply that Vale is an idiot and doesn't know what he is talking about?

Codger

August 31, 2013 8:28 AM

Riders have commented that overtaking is difficult because the guy in front is on the limit all the time so you have to hope he makes a mistake. If that limit is reached with the aid of electronics and not the right wrist then processional racing is bound to result.
They'll have to find some way to improve the entertainment for the punters, and quickly.
Compare how far the 15th guy in Moto2 is from the winner, to the last point scorer in MotoGP. It proves that the spectators don't need all out speed, they want to see competition.

BurroMiapanino

August 31, 2013 8:34 AM

Codger, you're making a lot of assumptions about stoners riding and putting them across as facts. What was the overbearing influence, a style he preferred or a solution to the problem? Simple answer, you don't know.
The Honda isn't known for understeer yet Nakamoto said Stoner had better anti-wheelie and traction control than anything they could dial into the RCV, more superman than you'd like to admit? Who knows how many other riders use limited intervention?
Finally, unless all electronic dials are buried into the '11' zone, how can these bikes be perfect?

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