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TrueFan

April 16, 2014 12:26 PM

MotoGP » Wayne Rainey - Q&A


I remember being trackside to watch Rainey and his colleagues spin the back tyre the whole way through the corner, lap after lap of sideways action. Very brave on a 500, because if it gripped suddenly, they'd launch into orbit. That was one of the golden eras of bike racing. It's good to see that he still enjoys the whole thing.

TrueFan

April 15, 2014 6:02 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: We destroyed the front tyre


TalentFan: @Truefan Ever drag raced? ... The Hondas can brake deeper into the turn ...
TF, re drag racing, I get that, but I don't see anything quite as clear cut as your example with 16 kph delta would have. My point was there is insufficient information to support the claim you are making. I wouldn't drag race my Ducati :) The claim that Hondas brake deeper doesn't support the electronics argument too well. Marquez put in some pretty amazing performances in the (technically evenly matched) feeder classes, and has demonstrated exceptional skill over the past year, regardless of electronics. I just don't buy the line that it's just the bike doing the business. We heard it with Stoner and Ducati. It wasn't the bike...

TrueFan

April 14, 2014 6:55 PM

MotoGP » Bradl: I've never seen a tyre like this


When Rossi broke his contract with Michelin, because he didn't think he could win against Stoner on Michelin, Bridgestone gave him maximum support, because he was the highest profile rider in the paddock. Soon after, Dorna changed the rules to bring in the control tyre. It solved one problem as it created another. There's really no such thing as a level playing field in this sport, unless you run single spec everything, and that has nbarrow appeal. MotoGP is supposed to be a prototype class. It should be closer to open slather on technology.

TrueFan

April 15, 2014 6:20 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: We destroyed the front tyre


@TalentFan I could add that the problem Yamaha has is similar (but different) to the problem Honda had in 2012. That is, Bridgestone changed the tyres. Both Rossi and Lorenzo raised it as soon as they tested the new spec Bridgestones. This is the problem with the control tyres. These bikes are different to each other - it's part of the appeal. That unfortunately means that the "equal" control tyre will favour one design over the others. There is no objective evidence that the Honda software is superior to the Yamaha software when it comes to traction control and anti-wheelie. It is just your deeply held belief. Fair enough. It looks like the Honda is a better package, yet the satelite Hondas didn't go so well against the satelite Yamahas. For every trend, there's conflicting evidence.

TrueFan

April 15, 2014 7:32 PM

MotoGP » Dovi: Open rules not behind Ducati podium


LLarry: And ... Some folk can't read eh? Back to the story, I think Dovi is right... Dovi was able to go underneath Bradl in a corner and hold a tighter line. It's been a very long time ...
Even though Bradl made an error to run a bit wide, you're dead right. Of course, per your first point, some other posters have explained that it was because Ducati has run through a myriad of extra tests that the other teams haven't had, and put in new engines since Qatar, and ran with an extra 4 litres of fuel ( despite such weight tending to make understeer even worse), you should never confuse what you actually saw happen with a good conspiracy theory! :)

TrueFan

April 14, 2014 6:34 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: We destroyed the front tyre


TalentFan: Ever thought that it's NOT the tyres?
Ok, let's run with that hypothesis. Marquez's top speed was 334.1 kph (lap 20), and Pedrosa's was 336.1 kph (lap 1), compared to tyre munchers - VR's was 337.7 kph (lap 2), and Crazy Joe's was 337.1 kph (lap 16). Faster out of the corner inevitably leads to higher top speed (all things being equal) If Honda is relying on electronics for its performance, and they get perfect drive out of every corner, why don't they have higher top speed? Maybe VR and Crazy Joe braked later and deeper? By lap 6, both VR and AI had cooked their front tyres, and their lap times fell away. MM and DP kept running around 1 second faster laps. There are a lot of possible variables. I can't see how you can draw any rational conclusion on the available information, except tyres or a few overly aggressive braking moves deep into turns. MM and DP must have run higher corner speed, and slower exits to have the lap time and top speeds


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