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MotoGP getting faster…

14 of the 18 MotoGP race lap records set during the past two seasons.
MotoGP continues to get faster with nine new race lap records set during last year's 18-round season.

Six of those were by double world champion Marc Marquez, who has replaced Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa as holder of the most lap records (eight) on the current calendar.

But with 14 of the 18 records set during the past two seasons, MotoGP performance will soon need to be addressed to remain within the physical limits of the circuits. Especially with machine minimum weight being reduced by 2kg for 2015 and a two-litre fuel increase for the leading Honda and Yamaha teams from 2016.

Aside from an unpopular switch to 800cc engines from 2007-2011, decreasing fuel has been the main method to hinder MotoGP performance for the past decade. So what are the other options?

A rev limit is long rumoured, but remains just that and wouldn't reduce corner speeds. But other known 2016 changes - a control ECU and switch from Bridgestone to Michelin control tyres - may offer a chance to peg back performance.

Tyres have the biggest lap time impact of any motorcycle component and are thus the best chance of 'resetting' the pace. However getting Michelin to make a much 'slower' tyre would be a hard sell, particularly given the negative publicity Pirelli received for hard or high-wearing tyres in F1.

With the MotoGP factories all contributing to the new control ECU, a radical drop in performance is unlikely - unless some software areas are deemed out of bounds for the manufacturers…

Meanwhile, Honda holds 14 of the 18 lap records, one less than last year due to Lorenzo adding Motegi to his Misano and Jerez lap records. The oldest record on the present calendar is Casey Stoner's 2008 time at Losail, which is also Ducati's only fastest race lap.

Updated MotoGP Race Lap Records by Circuit:
Losail: Casey Stoner Ducati 2008 (168.1km/h average speed)
Circuit of the Americas: Marc Marquez Honda 2014 (160.6km/h)
Termas de Río Hondo: Dani Pedrosa Honda 2014 (174.3km/h)*
Jerez: Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2013 (159.9km/h)
Le Mans: Marc Marquez Honda 2014 (161.0km/h)
Mugello: Marc Marquez Honda 2013 (175.4km/h)
Catalunya: Marc Marquez Honda 2014 (166.5km/h)
Assen: Dani Pedrosa Honda 2012 (172.9km/h)
Sachsenring: Dani Pedrosa Honda 2011 (161.4km/h)
Indianapolis: Marc Marquez Honda 2014 (161.7km/h)
Brno: Dani Pedrosa Honda 2014 (167.6km/h)
Silverstone: Dani Pedrosa Honda 2013 (174.1km/h)
Misano: Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2011 (162.0km/h)
Aragon: Dani Pedrosa Honda 2013 (168.3km/h)
Motegi: Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2014 (164.0km/h)
Phillip Island: Marc Marquez Honda 2013 (181.7km/h)
Sepang: Marc Marquez Honda 2014 (164.7km/h)
Valencia: Marc Marquez Honda 2014 (157.5km/h)
* New event.

MotoGP Lap Records by Rider:
1. Marc Marquez 8 (out of 18)
2. Dani Pedrosa 6
3. Jorge Lorenzo 3
4. Casey Stoner 1

MotoGP Lap Records by Manufacturer:
1. Honda 14 (out of 18)
2. Yamaha 3
3. Ducati 1

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January 06, 2015 3:24 PM

No, MotoGP performance will not need to be adressed. Bikes are not like cars that can reach insane corner and straight line speed if not restricted. There's a clear physical limit for bikes, as you can see if you compare the lap times from let's say the last 10 years. It's at most 0.2-0.3 seconds a year, something that shouldn't trouble anyone. The closer they get to that limit, the less there will be left to improve, so that problem will solve itself in the future. MotoGP is supposed the pinnacle of bike racing so there shouldn't be any of restrictions for the sake of making them slower. The only reason I accept restrictions is cost reduction for better competition.


January 07, 2015 4:30 AM

The only thing I can think when reading this is hats off to Casey. Lap record on an 800 machine (that didn't win the championship that year) remains unbeaten after 6 years despite every other record from that period being smashed. Love him or hate him, that's quite a statement.

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