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Qatar comparison 2012 v 2011

A comparison in race times for MotoGP riders that finished both the 2011 800cc Qatar night race and last Sunday's 1000cc Losail season opener...
Rider 2011 / 2012 Time difference*

Cal Crutchlow Yamaha (11th) / Yamaha (4th) -11.780sec
Dani Pedrosa Honda (3rd) / Honda (2nd) +1.446sec
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha (2nd)/ Yamaha (1st) +2.205sec
Hector Barbera Ducati (12th) / Ducati (9th) +2.200sec
Nicky Hayden Ducati (9th) / Ducati (6th) +6.642sec
Casey Stoner Honda (1st) / Honda (3rd) +8.553sec
Andrea Dovizioso Honda (4th) / Yamaha (5th) +17.123sec
Valentino Rossi Ducati (7th) / Ducati (10th) +22.879sec
Colin Edwards Yamaha (8th) / Suter-BMW (12th) +37.440sec
Ben Spies Yamaha (6th) / Yamaha (11th) +52.084sec

* - means quicker in 2012, + means slower.

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April 11, 2012 11:59 AM
Last Edited 810 days ago

@UK Bike Red - Hayden was 6.6 seconds slower than last year. Rossi was 22.8 (and admitted the Barbera "incident" only cost him 5/6 seconds). I therefore don't see your point. I do agree the Ducati isn't a great bike, but it isn't 100% the bikes fault for Rossis very below average showing. Rossi is giving everything??? He wanted to give up after a couple of laps. There's a problem with his mentality. Do people really think the blinder their faith makes them a better fan? Rossi needs some tough love. a slap in the face and a boot up the arse would be a good start.

RaceFan - Unregistered

April 11, 2012 11:20 AM

This is an interesting comparison from a rider perspective, but the machines are too new and undeveloped for this to mean much just yet. We should see a fairer bike to bike comparison when there's at least a year's development of the various chassis/ suspension and handling characteristics, engine electronics and of course, the tyres, which have an effect on all of the aformentioned.

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