Wheel inertia - what to believe?
From the MotoGP website:
New brake system for Sabbatani
After six years in the 125cc World Championship, Max Sabbatani decided to set new goals for 2004 and stepped up to the quarter-litre class to join Taro Sekiguchi in the NC World Trade team, running privateer Yamaha TZM machines. Although the diminutive Italian has yet to score a single point in his 250 adventure, the quest to match the power of the factory Honda and Aprilia machines has led him down interesting new avenues.
The 28 year old is the only rider in the championship to be using an experimental front peripheral brake disc, which was tested last year on several Aprilia 125cc machines. Although the new disc has not been fully developed, Sabbatani claims to find the disc more consistent under hard braking.
Sabbatani also reported that the new disc helps the predictability of the bike in the corners as the weight of the brake disc on the outside of the wheel increases its gyroscopic stability and increases feeling with the front end.>>
So why do manufacturers try to reduce disk size and why is there a market for magnesium and carbon wheels?
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