MotoGP riders complain about excess technology

“Now, when you crown a straight at 350 kilometers per hour, thanks to the beastly aerodynamics that we have and the suspensions that we mount plus the ‘holeshot’ (a system that can go up and down, at the whim of the rider, the bike in front and behind behind as much as you want and whenever you want), we can even let go of one hand and the bike doesn’t even move!”.

The veteran Catalan pilot Aleix Espargaro32 years old, the great revelation of the World-2022winner of Argentine GPcontender for the title with the apriliaone of the most revolutionary bikes in the paddock that has invested millions of euros in the best wind tunnel in Europe, recognizes that the technology that its bikes now have makes it very, very difficult to overtake in the race.

“Okay, I buy the idea that it is getting harder and harder to overtake. What’s more, when you’re behind one or two riders, the turbulence prevents you from slipping out of the slipstream and overtaking them. But I think that the rider is still vital, fundamental, when it comes to getting on the podium and winning”, the Aprilia leader continues to explain. “You just have to look at the final classification of each GP, where there are a lot of seconds between teammates who use the same bike and, therefore, it shows that the hands of the rider, his skill and courage continue to be decisive & rdquor ;.

Marquez’s complaints

Neither Marc Márquez (Honda), eight times world champion, nor the French Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), champion last year and leader of the 2022 World Championship, defend the opposite, but…but they believe that a limit should be placed on the technology applied to MotoGP motorcycles. “It is evident that if you go 350 km/h on the straight, you need aerodynamics so as not to fly away; it is evident that the ‘holeshot’ helps you to make the bike stick to the track; It’s obvious that a powerful engine makes you enjoy yourself, but I don’t think that the viewer, the fan, the viewer will appreciate it if we turn half a second slower and, nevertheless, we star in more fun races, with more overtaking. Superbikes do it and F-1 has just invented it & rdquor ;, recognizes Márquez, who fears that, soon, the pilot will no longer be decisive.

“Really, overtaking in MotoGP has become a real nightmare”

Fabio Quartararo / MotoGP World Champion with Yamaha

“I don’t have the experience of Marc or Aleix, but I’m much closer to Márquez’s reasoning & rdquor ;, says the ‘Diablo’ Quartararo, in the press room at the Mugello circuit. “This year’s bike has nothing to do with the 2019 bike, with that one you enjoyed much more on the track, you could play more, dare more; With the current one it is very, very difficult to overtake. Either you go out in the first or second row or, as soon as you get into the small group that chases the two escapees, you can say goodbye to winning. Really, overtaking now has become a real nightmare because when you go behind someone you spend the lap dancing with wolves, they move horribly!”

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“It is evident”, continues explaining Márquez, “that each manufacturer will try to maintain what has made it a leader in a certain sector of innovation. Whoever has the best engine will not want changes in that direction, the aerodynamics leader will ask to continue inventing wings, the suspension leader more of the same, but our obligation, I think, is my personal opinion, is to amuse the fans, move the homes all over the world the best possible show and get the fans who come to see us to the circuits to their feet, who want to see overtaking and not a row of motorcycles at more than 300 km/h. I know it’s not easy, but we should all try to agree.”

Márquez, Quartararo and the ‘Capitano’, as Aleix Espargaró is called in Aprilia, agree on a detail that shows that, in effect, the three believe that now it is so difficult to overtake that “or on Saturday, in the ‘quali’ you get into in the first two rows of the grid, achieving one of the six best times, or say goodbye to winning & rdquor ;.

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