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November 18, 2011 12:46 AM

MotoGP » MotoGP testing, weight and brake changes

@gpfan your logic the only people who should winning MotoGP races are Pedrosa and Caperossi...that doesn't seem to be happening. The biggest problem for a small rider is braking and initial acceleration out of a corner. Their braking is limited by how far they can move their bodyweight back on the bike to keep the rear on the ground (this was shown last year on this site with brake application distances printed from Jerez testing showing approximately a 40m difference between Pedrossa and Lorenzo) Acceleration is the reverse (up to about 100km/h) with small riders not having enough weight over the front of the bike. Every 500GP/MotoGP championship from about 1980 onward has been won by a rider between 170cm and 180cm tall.


November 16, 2011 11:20 PM

MotoGP » Speed Master names West, Aprilia, Iannone

Tend to agree with Don-R, Things may not be as gloomy as they appear. Given the top speed achieved by the Aprilia's in this years WSB championship, there is every chance that by the end of next year the Speed Master bikes could be finishing well inside the top ten. And remember, WSB engine tuning is fairly restrictive compared to a CRT bike where (if you make it yourself) almost anything goes.


November 14, 2011 9:34 AM

MotoGP » Will aluminium frame be Ducati's silver bullet?

@Percentage You are right of course, Ducati was winning in the previous years but from this year we've seen that it was Stoner riding the wheels off a pretty average bike that made the difference. I've said this before, over the years if you get a good bike that's winning races then usually the top ten from each race is full of that same bike ("NSR500's or "RC211V's" or "M1's") including satellite bikes. When Stoner was winning on the Duke there was quite often no other Ducati in the top 10. The only way that can happen is if you have an absolutely exceptional rider


November 14, 2011 7:09 AM

MotoGP » Will aluminium frame be Ducati's silver bullet?

In a word no.....Rossi and crew were the main men before Lorenzo got to MotoGP and Stoner got on a competitive bike. This year and last year showed that Rossi struggles to compete with these two on equal machinery. Ducati cant just match the front running bikes, they need to make a major step forward next year in comparison to Honda and Yamaha for Rossi to be consistently winning.....and I just can't see that happening.


November 11, 2011 7:00 AM

MotoGP » Will aluminium frame be Ducati's silver bullet?

Some facts - "The L shaped engine restricts weight on the front wheel" Yes, this was an issue on the 990's and the reason Bridgestone developed the super soft front tyre for Ducati. Pre-Bridgestone, Troy Bayliss claimed he had 5 kilos of lead ballest around the steering head to get some "feel" from the front tyre. "Why didn't Ducati go to an aluminium frame years ago?" According to Stoner they compared an Alloy frame and the C.F. frame and Stoner said there was almost no difference between the two, BUT both the frames had the swing arm pivoting on the engine


November 06, 2011 3:21 PM
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MotoGP » Stoner snatches Valencia victory from Spies

It's amazing that the "Stoner's less weight and more power" brigade weren't watching the beginning of the race to see the "heavy Spies on a slow bike" almost run into the back of Pedrosa at the end of the straight. These same posters will now tell us that Pedrosa, in fact weighs 95 kg and his bike is way slower than Stoner's. If Rossi had made that last corner move, all these posters would writing "Oh such a sublime talent" or "brilliant race craft" blah, blah, blah


October 07, 2011 5:06 AM

MotoGP » Doohan: Stoner could beat my records - and Rossi's

I have been following Stoner's career since the 250 days and following 5ooGP/MotoGP from the early 80's. I believe he's got more natural talent than any other rider since Shwantz, however I don't think he will match MD's or Rossi's records and it's not for the reasons you think. Because he's not interested in statistics or being the centre of attention and is a bit of a recluse, it's the actual racing and the bikes that keep him there. If it becomes stale or boring he will simply leave and do something else

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