MotoGP » EXCLUSIVE Bradley Smith - Q&A


"I didn't want to accept that I had to slow down, especially when I could see a MotoGP podium opportunity there" - Bradley Smith.

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TalentFan

March 24, 2014 6:54 AM
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Note that perhaps the tyres aren't really an issue at all?

Brad never complained once about the tyre, but then he's pretty straight and honest in his comments and doesn't seem to try to make excuses to his credit.

I've been thinking about it... And it seems that by race time all the Factory boffins had crunched the numbers and got the electronics set up. No one had problems with the rear and every crash was on hard braking and pitching onto the side of the tyre.

That suggests that as the electronics are sorting the power and traction so well, that the only area left where a rider can have an impact and try to make time is under braking. So they are pushing later and harder into turns onto the brakes, and really pushing the limits.

As brakes are the one area left without electronic management then pushing 100% every brake point of every lap makes the potential for front end crashes much higher.

I'm no fan of the vast electronic intervention, and I think it possible that all it'

TalentFan

March 24, 2014 7:00 AM

......... I'm no fan of the vast electronic intervention, and I think it possible that all it's doing is transferring the risk of rear end spin or slide onto front end issues.

Racers want to race, so if they don't have the ability to use their own skill to make back time with the throttle, only lose time.... Then they'll try to exploit any area that they DO have contr over to make time instead.

It looks like Brad, Jorge, Alvaro, Stefan etc all demonstrated this at Qatar to me.

TrueFan

March 24, 2014 8:25 AM

TalentFan: Note that perhaps the tyres aren't really an issue at all?
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That suggests that as the electronics are sorting the power and traction so well, ...
As brakes are the one area left without electronic management then pushing 100% every brake point of every lap makes the potential for front end crashes much higher.


A few comments.

Firstly, ABS was one of the first "traction control" technologies developed. It may not be electronic, but there is plenty of scope for it to be electronically augmented. Besides, I watched Marquez pull an awesome stoppy at the end of the straight, where anything could have happened. These front end loses were poor edge grip and low feel issues, where the rider pushed it past the limit because they couldn't feel it and had to guess.

Secondly, Brad explained how he was getting passed on the straights by riders getting the power down earlier in the exits. That might be assisted, but it's down to rider input.

Thirdly, The

hoppy

March 24, 2014 9:37 AM

It was a pity to see all Bradleys hard work come to nothing.But it happens to the best of them.
Bradley put in a fine performance but just had a little bit of bad luck.Thats all it takes in this game.

TalentFan

March 24, 2014 11:05 AM

@ Truefan. I don't think front end crashes undermine the software TC Etc argument no. I think it supports it.

ABS is banned so braking is all down to the rider. Whereas throttle control and throttle application is triggered by the rider but actually modulated and distributed by the software.

So the rider pretty much has power delivery more consistently maximised than he could do with his own skill... Otherwise it would not be sorted by the ECU. So the only way a rider cAn try to gain time is to push the front harder braking and harder through the first part of the turn... That is until he can get back onto the throttle and the electronics sorts out his drive.

That has to mean more front end issues. At least that is the conclusion I came to after wondering just why every crash is a front end washout either getting onto he brake or before the apex.

Doesn't that make sense to you?

TalentFan

March 24, 2014 11:16 AM

What I am trying to get at is that the electronics sorting the drive out means it's optimised. So throttle control is no longer a tool for the rider to take advantage- what he gets is as good as it gets.

Racers being what they are... If they can't close a gap by going faster then they'll try to close it by slowing down less, or slowing down in less time.

So all the electronics is doing is transferring the slides from the rear to slides of the front as riders strive to get every last 10th.

And rear slides are a lot easier to save than front end slides.

Give riders full control and you'll see them making small errors and exploiting those of of others. Some will go better on new tyres, others will be mustard on worn tyres. He guy who copes best overall (as long as he has a bike near enough as good as his rivals) wins the race.

In other words.... Proper Racing IMO. The electronics is taking more away than it's giving to Racing and when riders do crash it's faster and harder w

TalentFan

March 24, 2014 11:24 AM

....... The electronics is taking more away than it's giving to Racing and when riders do crash it's faster and harder with electronics. My opinion, and I'm in favour of rider input over electronic intervention every time.

The other option is to allow ABS as well. Trouble is that what'll happen is hat the bikes will be so optimised that there will be one perfect line with every corner and braking point optimised and every throttle opening point also.

MotoGP would be the worlds fastest 2 wheeled conga line! The riders would have no ability to use their different strong and weak points as the software and TC with ABS would do it all. The only time a position could be made would be when someone pushed past the mechanical grip and beyond even the ability of electronics to save and ran wide or more likely crashed.

The more you take away the human skill and talent as the inputs, the more boring you make MotoGP. It may be faster, but that's not the same thing as proper racing IMO.

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