MotoGP » Marquez, Lorenzo, Pedrosa talk shoulder injuries

“With or without an airbag sometimes you will have injuries because we are riding so fast” - Marc Marquez.

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September 04, 2013 10:58 PM're kinda right but John Hopkin?!?!?! I think he simply defies categorization...that boy has THE worst luck. He could race rubber duckys and find a way to break a bone. I feel really bad for him.


September 04, 2013 11:24 PM

@ TalentFan

Yeah man, I agree with that too, but I do see the side of the manufacturers. In the end I am also excited when my favorite brand wins. They are in competition too, and intellectual battle of their engineers, and they want to win just like anyone. But what needs to be in place is a vision to balance both sides of the equation. Let the athletes shine by winning with pure talent, and let the engineers shine by letting them engineer cool stuff that doesn't hinder the human input. There is so much room for development that has nothing to do with electronics that could be very relevant to global pressures. For example MotoGP has rules about fuel consumption. So the boffins come up with electronics to make things efficient. That's fine but guess what...lighter vehicles are naturally more efficient. Why not eliminate weight limits. Lighter bikes with weaker engines are just as quick, use less fuel, can be more easily tuned with usable, humanly controllable power, and can


September 05, 2013 2:37 AM

Yeah but Lorenzo messed up his hand at Phillip Island in 2011, so it's not just the shoulders that are copping it.

The old 500's were also "only" 130kg, the new ones are 160kg, so the rider weight to bike weight ratio is worse suggesting that heavier bike can transfer more energy to the rider during a highside.

F1 has four wheel so they can't fall over but they still manage to have crashes, so it's clear that accidents will always happen in motorsport (more bike stability won't change that), they just need to look at improving the level of safety for the ejected rider. Ben Spies (and Cal at his home race a year ago) proved that even a low speed brain f@rt can get you hurt...


September 05, 2013 5:28 AM

Maybe what Rossi needs is a shoulder injury to be faster like the top three. If I had to bet on it I'm sure he would be even slower and come up with more excuses.


September 05, 2013 5:43 AM

Maybe tyres with a couple of grooves in them might lower the grip levels and provide a bit of movement in the tread rubber.

The spectators will see the bikes moving around a bit more, and they might be able to soften the tyre's sliding characteristics a bit so it doesn't let go (or re-bite) so quick?

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September 05, 2013 9:39 AM
Last Edited 892 days ago

Alpinestars Tech Air leathers must be very happy with the endorsment, if the bag inflates before impact then it can only be good and well done. Never enough to protect the riders yet never enough for the riders to be safe. Thats the nature of our sport. There is a unique martial element to our sport puting the riders very high up if not the highest on the list of sports which carry the danger of serious injury if not worse. The boys must be highly respected for participating in their pusuit for greatness.

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September 05, 2013 9:49 AM
Last Edited 892 days ago

@ GP1, bashing Rossi in this thread is out of context and in any event he is the most prolific point scorer in MotoGP history more respect would be appropriate. Also remember that self preservation is a quality that all champions must have, and which Rossi has. I am sure we will talk about this again this year...

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