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Basic physics, folks. Until MotoGP imposes a bike plus rider minimum post race weight, any weight increase to the bike gives even more of an advantage to the riders of "lesser stature" and truly penalizes adult riders in the 98th percentile. Even with a bike plus rider min, smaller riders reap an aerodynamic advantage. As it stands now, smaller riders have a huge compounding advantage in aero, tire degradation, fuel consumption, and overall competition weight. It is nothing short of a miracle that riders like Stoner (still not quite 98th percentile), Rossi (barely 98th percentile), Hayden, and Spies are even competitive which speaks to their tremendous skills and abilities vs. Lorenzo, Pedrosa, et al. If there were a true weight equivalency bike plus rider, I am sure smaller stature riders would be back packers at best.

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