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September 20, 2013 11:14 AM

Sat at home awaiting an operation some done some stats. Brads time as a percentage higher than Cals. Best race lap or Q2 for both if either didn't finish the race.
Qatar 1.13
Texas 1.44
Jerez 1.2
Le Mans 1.15
Mugello 1.01
Catalunya .99
Assen 1.05
Sachsenring .97
Laguna .86
Brno .43
Silverstone .33
Milano .84


September 20, 2013 9:07 AM


Indeed it would take huge upgrades to make a 1.5 second gap, and if that were still the gap between Brad and Cal then I'd agree with you. It was the gap at the start of the year, but if you go to and check the stats for the last few races you'll find Brad has closed that gap to something around half of what you state. Question then is do the upgrades, plus Cal's extra time on the bike, account for the remaining difference. Truth is I don't know, but I am willing to wait and find out rather than make an assumption.

The bikes costs millions to develop, but the replacement cost of individual parts is a tiny fraction of that. Most crashes only damage superficial parts, fairing, pegs, bars etc, not the technical stuff at the heart of the bike. Of course I agree some crashes are complete wreckers :) Does Brad crash more than the others? I don't think so, particularly for those in their first season.


September 20, 2013 7:24 AM

Haddock - it takes ALOT of upgrades to claw back 1.5secs a lap. He may indeed have 1 or 2 year old parts on his M1, but not enough to make a second difference. Bike or rider?...Bradley always looks like he is trying TOO hard...can he handle the pressure? Dont know. But if I were yamaha I wouldn't want to give him the new upgrades knowing he was likely to bin the bike in FP's and Quali....same goes for Cal who is now moving elsewhere. Were talking million+ bikes here...


September 20, 2013 1:48 AM

It doesn't matter what spec of bike he has. He and his team are trying to sort out his setup. His will be unlike anyone else's and that was the jist if the blog.

Working. Thinking. Riding. In the present. Rising to the challenge and doing that with whatever he has.


September 19, 2013 11:24 PM

Herve may well want to have next years bikes identical but Pol is on a Yamaha contract, not a T3 and if they want Pol to have a better bike it will be so. Yamaha have plenty of leverage at T3.
Herve will not bite the hand that feeds him.


September 19, 2013 11:02 PM

@gapster. Is anybody disputing whether these guys are faster than track day enthusiasts?

I absolutely destroy track day riders too does that mean I'm a GP star? No...but if I or many other club racers had put in 10,000 plus hours developing our craft from the very earliest age I'm quite sure I could hand many pro riders their a$$es and maybe even the great Marc Marquez.
This sh!t aint rocket science you just need excellent motor skills, bravery, and lots and lots of practice which costs lots and lots of moolah.

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