MotoGP » Qatar MotoGP rider times: 800cc v 1000cc

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is this the real reason why the factories did not sell/lease out their old 800's to the satellite or private teams? seems to me that just about everyone would have been faster on their old bike. corner speed is so important yet these teams cant pass up the opportunity at the extra grunt of a 1000cc. interesting. but then again, the old 800's would have to be adapted to these new bridgestones. there's no telling how much the new "control" tyre had to do with these slower times whether it be the lack of bike development or simply their pirelli/f1 like artificial wear. i wonder if we will ever see a mfg make a smaller capacity bike in the hopes of making up the difference in the corners. then again, someone did comment that many records are still held by the old 990s.

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