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A strange stat…

The top speed figures from Friday's MotoGP free practice session at Laguna Seca showed Valentino Rossi's Yamaha leading the way on 262.9km/h, but the biggest surprise was the variation between the Ducati riders.

Casey Stoner was just 0.4km/h behind Rossi to set the second fastest top speed, but team-mate Nicky Hayden - who complained about a strange lack of acceleration - was only 14th on top speed, 10.2km/h slower than Stoner.

But that still made the American the second fastest Desmosedici, since satellite riders Sete Gibernau and Niccolo Canepa were 13.4 km/h and 17.7km/h slower than Stoner.

That meant Ducati riders were ranked 2nd, 14th, 15th and 16th for top speed. Only Scot Honda's Gabor Talmacsi was slower, with 234.3km/h.

Laguna Seca's relatively short main straight puts a greater emphasis on acceleration than outright power.



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Duke @ ee

July 05, 2009 1:54 AM

Rabbit....If you managed to read the article on Mika Kalio you would see he states that Casey gets on the throttle 10mt earlier than him.....that is alot when it comes to getting your speed up quickly. Also when Casey first jumped on the Duke for testing comments where made that he had the throttle control of Wayne Rainey. Some how Casey has managed to work out a way to ride this bike fast for him, where as other riders are hoping that Ducati can make it work for them. This what makes him such a good rider...he used to get bagged for having the best bike , but as we all know that is bullsh1t so now it is for his personality......seems like his racing has proved a point...he can ride :)

4 meter rabbit - Unregistered

July 05, 2009 2:22 AM

Duke..Taking Kalio's comments into account it makes this speed differential all the more amazing. I don't deny that the Stoner is highly skilled at riding a racing motorcycle, in fact i am a big fan, but all the riders at this level are incedibly talented. There has to be something else going on, the gap is just too large. It can't just be a case of Stoner 'unlocking' some secret in the Ducati's behaviour or the other would have found it. Kalio and Hayden in particular are fearless.



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