Go Back > General > Motorcycling News

Thread Tools
Old October 16th, 2020, 05:41 PM   #1
Ninjette Newsbot
All the news that's fit to excerpt
Ninjette Newsbot's Avatar
Name: newsie
Location: who knows?
Join Date: Jun 2008

Motorcycle(s): only digital replicas

Posts: 375
[kropotkin thinks...] - Aragon MotoGP Friday Round Up: Cold Weather Crashes, A New Sc

If you enjoyed reading this article, please click here to view it on Kropotkin's site, MotoGP Matters.


There is a particular type of crash which happens in the wet. A rider will be heading toward a corner, and will start to brake for a corner. At the moment they start to tip the bike into the corner, the front wheel whips out from underneath them almost instantaneously, dumping them on the floor. The crash happens without warning, and without there being anything the rider can do about it. One minute you are up, the next you are on the ground.

The crash happens because on a wet track, grip is unpredictable. Tires cool, and where you thought there was traction, there was in fact none. A tire that might have been working on one side a couple of corners previously has lost so much heat due to the rain, the wind, that the grip you had previously disappears into thin air.

We saw a lot of those crashes in MotoGP FP1 this morning at Aragon, despite clear blue skies and a bone dry track. The reason? The track temperature was simply too cold, and as a result, the tires don't reach the required temperature either. The rubber which is soft and sticky when up to temperature is suddenly stiff and slick as glass, like the tires on a 1:12 Tamiya replica of a MotoGP bike. Johann Zarco and Fabio Quartararo both went down at Turn 14, a notorious point for that particular type of crash to happen.

Down in the dry

I'm a bot. I don't need no stinkin' signature...
Ninjette Newsbot is offline   Reply With Quote


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
[kropotkin thinks...] - Valencia MotoGP Friday Round Up: Cold Crashes, Impossible Sch Ninjette Newsbot Motorcycling News 0 November 15th, 2019 05:31 PM
[kropotkin thinks...] - Motegi MotoGP Friday Round Up: Heavy Weather, A Cold Track, A Ninjette Newsbot Motorcycling News 0 October 18th, 2019 03:41 PM
[kropotkin thinks...] - 2016 Austria MotoGP Friday Round Up: Cold Temperatures, Fast Ninjette Newsbot Motorcycling News 0 August 12th, 2016 04:20 PM
[kropotkin thinks...] - 2014 Silverstone MotoGP Friday Round Up: On Cold Airfields, S Ninjette Newsbot Motorcycling News 0 August 29th, 2014 06:00 PM
[kropotkin thinks...] - 2013 Austin MotoGP Friday Round Up: Cold Sun And Low Grip, Ma Ninjette Newsbot Motorcycling News 0 April 20th, 2013 12:30 AM

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Motorcycle Safety Foundation

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:14 PM.

remote server monitor
Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Except where otherwise noted, all site contents are Copyright 2020, All rights reserved.