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July 18, 2014 2:55 PM

MotoGP » ‘Thumb brake’ appears on final day of Honda test

Just to clarify, Marquez's braking style is not aided by electronics. He tips the bike into a corner balancing the bike on the front wheel, with the rear wheel slightly off the ground. The natural tendency of the bike in that configuration is for the rear wheel to either try to climb over the top of the front wheel, due to the torsional force exerted by the turning front wheel on the resisting frame (with rear wheel and rider attached), and the wheel dragging the frame around, or the back wheel trying to pass the front - usually to the outside, due to the deceleration of the front wheel, and the tendency of the greater mass behind, finding a way past the hinge (at the steering head). With the rear wheel somewhat airborne, or completely unloaded, the front tyre is highly loaded, and the demand on its grip close to exceeded. Generally, adding the lateral force of tipping it into a corner is asking a bit much, unless the point of balance ofthe whole mechanism is so perfectly directed ove


July 16, 2014 9:24 PM

MotoGP » Marquez, Pedrosa talk 2015 Honda

Well, you can't expect much more than PR speak under the circumstances, they don't want to even let their rivals know what direction they've taken. The Honda's biggest challenge will come in 2016, when the tyres and electronics change. I'm more interested in seeing what changes with Ducati when they redesign their this point, I live in hope that it will become more competitive, and open the competition up more.


July 18, 2014 3:02 PM

MotoGP » ‘Thumb brake’ appears on final day of Honda test

over the wheel that the brake is released in synch with the timing of the turn initiation. If you were unaware of Marquez's cornering style, and yet followed that bland description, you might watch more closely next time you watch him ride. Then you'll understand what makes him special. With Stoner it was his sublime throttle control, powerslides, oversteering a bike through a corner to drive out earlier than anyone. With Rossi it was his ability to exploit advantages, brake late and create an opportunity to make a move that might only work once. With Lorenzo it is his metronomic smoothness. For Marquez, it is riding loose at the limit and balancing through corner entry on the front wheel. Watch it. It is something else.


July 17, 2014 6:51 PM

MotoGP » ‘Thumb brake’ appears on final day of Honda test

physics: Well applying rear brake doesn't get your rear in the air. Thumb brakes are usually used because in right turns you stand on your toes on the rear set and can't use the rear brake. Rear brake usage actually makes the whole bike squat when used with the front, so less rear wheel air time.
Given your user name, I'm sure you're aware that most of the braking is done with the front brake, and when applied hard enough, the weight transfers almost entirely onto the front wheel. If you watch Marquez, his rear wheel is often either skipping in the air, or completely unloaded until he tips it in. He initiates most corners over the front wheel. It is quite brilliant, and his corner entry in particular is poetry in motion. It looks loose, but he does it at will. The rear brake will bring a wheelie under control, or stabilise the bike in some cases. Maybe they have a better feel using a thumb control. They don't need much force for it to be useful.


July 17, 2014 4:59 PM

F1 » Rosberg signs “multi-year” Mercedes extension

It's a funny thing, motorsport. Due to the visibility of the driver in connection with the performance, many fans fail to realise it is very much a team sport... Even more bizarre, they rate a driver by his performance, and then adjust their perception significantly for his personality!!! Thank about it. I'm not suggesting that you shouldn't do it. You just should be aware of what you're doing. You know... "Lewis might be a good driver, but I don't like him because he hangs out with whiny rappers..." That's funny on several levels, and I'm neither defending nor condemning his choice of friends. Can he drive fast? Yes, but... Back on topic...Nice to see Rosberg rewarded for performing well in the best car on the grid.


July 17, 2014 5:15 PM

F1 » FIFA bans Rosberg helmet design

richard: i wonder.... did have to get permission from fifa to reproduce an image of the world cup on this site?
Hahaha... they ought to have. They also ought to have acquired permission from the copyright owner of the World Cup IP. It is an unfortunate fact that, despite the current generation having no idea, nor any respect for IP rights, based on the download it for free napster / youtube culture, most people have a "relaxed view" of it. The thing is, the only thing of value in owning the F1 brand is the IP rights. In order to defend those rights, they need to respect the IP rights of others, such as FIFA. For that parched dry humour, you deserve bragging rights for the best post on the thread!


July 17, 2014 1:56 PM

MotoGP » Moto2: Brough Superior to wild-card at Silverstone

Insidejob: "Lancsman how can you say it's not a Brough Superior?" I can say it's not a Brough because it is designed and made in California by Taylormade. I bet the only thing British about it is the name. Not that I care though as I've just fitted an 80cc Segawe bicycle engine to my vintage Raleigh. I did tin can the bicycle black and with a decal kit have called it a Vincent Black Shadow. Hope I'm not pulled over by the boys in blue and charged with copyright infringement.
"I bet the only thing British about it is the name." Don't be fooled... Despite that, I like what you did with the Raleigh. Sounds cool, but is it quick?


July 16, 2014 4:10 PM

MotoGP » Dominique Aegerter - Q&A

biaggi: I don't think he will be in motogp next year. he won his first race in his 5th year in the class, which is to late. top riders win straight away when they change class. i read that Rabat will stay in moto2 next year.
It's a bit more difficult to be a motorcycle racer when you grow up in Switzerland. They banned racing there decades ago... He may not be in MotoGP next year, but give the guy his moment in the sun... He won a very hard fought race against a determined and pretty experienced Finn...and besides, he's the self-proclaimed best partying racer from the small landlocked nation!

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