Having just signed a contract extension with San Carlo Honda Gresini assuring him of a factory bike, Marco Simoncelli has been given the green light to test the 2012 1000cc prototype following the Motegi race this weekend. You may recall that Simoncelli is the largest and heaviest of the MotoGP riders, and he has complained at times of a disadvantage to the lighter riders on the 800cc machines. The 1000cc bikes should erase any disadvantage and, perhaps, his added weight could assist traction exiting corners on the bigger bikes which are much more prone to spinning. Although electronics control rear wheel spin these days, the heavier rider could allow a higher threshold before electronics cut power on corner exits.
- September 29, 2011
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