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Adrian Newey: MotoGP guys 'superhuman'

“If you watch MotoGP you think those guys are just superhuman” - Adrian Newey.
F1 design genius Adrian Newey has drawn a stark contrast between the 'superhuman' spectacle put on by MotoGP riders and the new energy-efficient Formula One cars.

Newey told The Telegraph: “If you watch a sport - it doesn't matter what sport - you want to come away with a feeling those guys are special. If you watch MotoGP you think those guys are just superhuman. You just don't get that with the current breed of F1 cars.”

Newey's F1 creations have won ten constructors' titles for three different teams. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel has also won the last four drivers' titles, but the team is currently struggling with its 2014 Renault engine during a season dominated by Mercedes.

Despite recently agreeing a contract extension with Red Bull, Newey's future remains the subject of speculation due to the announcement that the Englishman will work on undisclosed “new Red Bull Technology projects” alongside “advising and mentoring” of the team's future F1 cars.

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July 07, 2014 12:06 PM

Couldn't agree more with Mr. Newey on the comment about MotoGP riders - they dice with serious injury or worse every time they get on the thing, yet still think nothing of pulling the brakes on hard from 220mph and tipping it in at 60 degrees, then unleashing 250bhp through a (comparatively) tiny tyre. The definition of superhuman right there, to know you're going to hurt yourself at some point and still doing it. Case in point - Pedrosa and Abrahams, how they still get the motivation to ride after so many painful accidents gives a measure of them as men. Where I think he's got it wrong, and the motivations for his constant bleating about this years cars are pretty obvious, is in his assessment that this years cars are somehow worse in terms of driver skill than previously. I'd say the opposite, we haven't seen cars power sliding and twitching like this for ages and how the cars of the last few years, with torqueless engines and ridiculous amounts of downforce can be said to have p

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