Originally posted by Z_Fanatic
Yeah I believe they're all compact compared to 990 cc, but Rossi bikes looks just like the 990 cc, so it's harder to tell.
They already had some lap times done on it, and I believe 800 is faster than the 990 cc on tight tracks like valencia, Rossi having the fastest lap.
But they also speculate on other tracks with more sweepers, the 990 cc would be faster. They're evolving and bringing it to the level of the 990cc, they claim new bikes might seem better because more traction and revs, possibly reaching 20K rpms.
Journalists speculate all these FIM rules changes are in vain, as the new bikes will be just as fast as the old one, so safety remains the same.
Amazing, the revs getting up around NASA standards
I think change is good in most cases. Probably too early to tell, but I would not like to see changes that force the teams to all use same designs for the powerplants and set ups.
I'm not a NASCAR fan, but comparing NASCAR pre-restricter plates, to post-restricter plates.... its changed the manner of racing completely. Putting a full grid of virtually identical racing machines, seperated by paint schemes.
I only make the comparison, since the restricter plates were implemented with saftey in mind on the superspeedways. Personally, I like the smaller displacement. And in reality, I don't see FIM forcing changes that will graduate teams into having identical equipment, yet.
Once the riders adjust to the new powerband/handling/braking, the racing will be just as exciting. Maybe more so.
Bah!! I ramble way too much at 630 in the morning