MotoGP » Jubilant Lorenzo in Misano masterclass

World champion Jorge Lorenzo claims second victory in a row with dominant ride at San Marino MotoGP over Repsol Honda pair Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa

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September 16, 2013 9:58 AM

This goes to show how useless the BBC's commentary team are. I can't recall which one of the crack (apt word) team made the comment, but one of them said after qualifying that everybody else should pack up and go home.

You'd think they'd have learned that a fast lap on perfect tyres with a clear track in qualifying does not necessarily dictate the race result. If it did we wouldn't bother with the race.

Not that Parrish would know about fast laps in qualifying, or practice, or the race.


September 16, 2013 1:24 PM

I think that (just like Silverstone) this was another Lorenzo win rather than a Yamaha win.

As others have pointed out, the Honda's had the tools to win - the difference was the ability of JL. The way he demolished the field on Lap 1 by simply riding harder and better than anyone else was the opening punch, and then he killed them off by riding at the maximum without error to the flag.

In the "Field of Four" (those with equipment that puts them in a different race on their own) JL was again imperious, as Marquez & Pedrosa have an equipment edge (seamless or no seamless).

MM is damn good and damn brave - but that Honda must be some piece of kit with stupendous electronic strategies to allow MM to override the thing the way he did all day and not get pinged to A&E via the moon I think.


September 16, 2013 3:53 PM

I don't think Marquez stayed out of A&E because of the bike, he did it because he can react to a sliding bike in the way few can. Bear in mind that the electronics package can't have kept him on when he lost the front, that's down to the rider alone.

Oddly enough it's the front end that has caught out a lot of riders in their first season in the premier class, not the extra power. Look back at Rossi's first season, it took him ages to get to the stage where he wasn't losing the front regularly. The power didn't seem to phase him at all. Had he sorted himself out under braking more quickly he'd have taken the title that first year, but he just couldn't do it.

Marquez is a very unusual rider in that respect.


September 16, 2013 5:23 PM

@ Cammyspop

Who knows? Maybe MM really is able to use the same trick that CS did, which was to get the rear moving to get the bike to turn in without tucking the front? He's certainly got the bottle to push hard enough.

Part of the reported issue is that they can get SO much grip from the back that it pushes the front over the edge - its not just on the brakes up to the apex, but tapping on the power. HRC's sparky bits take care of THAT aspect.

The main reason I say I think it is the electronics though is that MM pushes his luck and the limit EVERYWHERE, & ALL the time. A save CAN be just the tyre regaining grip, or the rider might save it with his knee.

But no rider goes over the limit on every corner of every lap and then saves EVERY front-end slide on their own. No-one.

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