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Old 04-17-2009, 05:58 PM   #1
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MOTOGP: Qatar MotoGP: 800cc top speed beats 990 best

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The 2009 Qatar MotoGP night race saw an 800cc machine exceed the highest top speed of a 990cc bike for the first time during a grand prix weekend at the Losail International Circuit.

Losail hosted its first MotoGP event in 2004, when Max Biaggi's Camel Honda was clocked at 334.4km/h (207/8mph)along the 1.068km main straight.

That record stood unbroken for the remainder of the 990cc era and then the first year of 800cc racing in 2007.

However, Ducati's Marco Melandri was able to exactly match Biaggi's top speed during last year's race - and Dani Pedrosa took his Repsol Honda to a new record of 338.6km/h (210.41mph) in this year's qualifying session (now without qualifying tyres).

Mika Kallio's Pramac Ducati was second in qualifying with 338.0km/h, followed by Ducati Marlboro's Casey Stoner (337.2km/h) and Jorge Lorenzo's Yamaha (337.0km/h). Team-mate Valentino Rossi was ranked fifth with 334.2km/h.

One of the main reasons for reducing engine size, and restricting fuel, had been to try and reduce top speeds.

The Qatar Grand Prix has been held at night for the past two seasons.


Qatar top speed 2004-2009:

2004: Max Biaggi Camel Honda 334.4km/h (990cc)
2005: Carlos Checa Ducati Marlboro 328.7km/h (990cc)
2006: Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 330.2km/h (990cc)
2007: Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro 324.7km/h (800cc)
2008: Marco Melandri Ducati Marlboro 334.4 km/h (800cc)
2009: Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 338.6km/h (800cc)
Impressive stuff from the 800's,
so where's it coming from?
higher state of engine tune, pneumatic valves and higher rpm
better aerodynamics
higher corner speed onto the long straight out of the final corner (partly electronics partly tyre grip)
and in Danny's case the weight of a monkey on a greyhound
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Old 04-17-2009, 06:09 PM   #2
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Thats just ****ing insane. (not that I wouldnt do it If I had the chance)

what kinds of hp are they putting out compared to the 990s?
that's about as closely guarded a secret as they come ,
the standard reply is "over 200"
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Where does it come from?

I say higher trap speeds are determined by the drive from the final corner, more traction with better tires (it gets better every year), suspension and chassis design that puts power to the ground more effectively, more effective use of TC, and finally rider ability with the machines are a constant improvement process which yields higher speeds
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To the risk of being flamed: evolution of riders, riding style and better technology?
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To the risk of being flamed: evolution of riders, riding style and better technology?
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