MotoGP » Moto2: 'Neutral' Marquez gives masterclass in Motegi

Marc Marquez headed up an all Spanish podium after overcoming a terrible start to take a stunning win from a hard battling Espargaro.

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Roadrunner - Unregistered

October 15, 2012 8:38 PM

"Do you know precisely when and how those measurements were taken? If they are the highest speeds recorded for each bike, it's quite possible that Espargaro's was set when he was directly behind Marquez in his slipstream. If that IS the case, and he was still 1.8km/h slower even with a tow, it's a significant difference. It would mean that Marquez could pull out of Espargaro's slipstream and pass at will, whereas Espargaro would run into the proverbial brick wall whenever he tried to do the same."

If course Espargaro's highest top speed was measured when he was in a slipstream - and so was Marquez'. Those were the highest topspeeds of each of them and both of them have been in the slipstream for a large part of the race. It's Moto2 - riders spend most of the race inside the slipstream of another rider.

By the way: I also heard the same argument about Marquez' supposedly superior straight line speed even when he was far from being the fastest in the top speed list.

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