faffi Posted November 19, 2010 Report Share Posted November 19, 2010 Around the Le Mans circuit, the difference between Criville on the NSR500 and Pedrosa on the current RC212V is a massive(?) 3%. And the difference seems to be around 2-4% throughout the series. When we consider the amount of time and money spent on tyre-, chassis-, suspension-, engine- and not to forget electonic developents, that really is a poor return on investment. Add that the level of competition is now harder and the level of the riders likely higher as well, and the gains seems even worse. Of course, if you try to win races, 3% is a massive amount. But for the average wobbler, it really is very little. So while I'm not saying that this year's model cannot feel better than last year's, the fact is that in real term performance gains, there really isn't much in it. One thing is pretty certain from my standpoint, and that is that racing has not gained anything by all these advancements and the bigger teams required by the electronics and more complex technology in general. Races were just as exciting 10 or 30 years ago as they are today. For me, more so. As such, I find it hard to justify the waste(?) of money and labour we see in the top racing classes today. What's your opinion? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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