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Respectfully disagree. Moving the traps up the straight would highlight accleration, which is not the true reflection of motor capability. Too much rider input is involved, the "X" factor, if you will. Perhaps MM's talent allows him to hook it up better on exit, therefore out acclerating his opponents early down the straight?
The traps are placed so that they measure top speed, which is a better indicator of motor. Wheels are straight, riders tucked in, throttle pinned - no special talent needed here. In this scenario, MM's bike is proven to be very average.
I agree, he has blown by other riders down the straight quite frequently, but the data shows that his bike is not "faster". He is simply accelerating quicker, which, as mentioned, is not all motor.