MotoGP USA,at Laguna Seca, in four days, will begin the second half of the season with MotoGP Jorge Lorenzo leading the standings. The 185 points scored to date, to allow it to look Mallorcan 19 points clear of the most direct rival, Pedrosa, Stoner, 37, starred in two fatal mistakes in the last GP.
The ranking reflects the brands riders with Yamaha in the lead with 201 points, followed by Honda at 196, while Ducati has stagnated at 96. The M1 proved to be the most competitive bike in the first 9 games of 2012, the only one to be on the podium also in “satellite” (4 times with Dovizioso) and the opponents are running for cover to mend the gap.
Forward Honda for 2013 – Tokyo are certainly not been idle in his hand and to solve the chattering problem, registered since the debut of the RC213V and amplificatisi with the new front tire brought by Bridgestone, and have already made it’s debut at Mugello developments planned for next year. Externally, the model current and future are indistinguishable, except for a different welding on the upper beam of the frame, but Shuhei Nakamoto, HRC number 1 on the slopes, has ensured that the news there. The chassis has been modified (the third is already felt by riders this year) and so the engine. Pedrosa has promoted the changes even if they could do a few test laps in Italian, because a fall on the new bike and wants back in the USA. More critical Stoner, who did not receive immediate improvements to the chassis or not the engine.
No word yet if Honda will use the new components already at Laguna Seca, but it is likely that the desires of Spanish can be heard, in the end he will be riding this bike in 2013, with Australia’s already decided to withdraw. The House is still golden wing, once again, demonstrating a “firepower” unknown to all opponents, fielding technical and economic resources only. The league has not yet given up for lost and their efforts to prove it.
The Red,Ducati: cheerful but no too – The Borgo Panigale can not deploy its own forces of goliat Japanese, but engineers are continuing development work on the GP12. Until a few weeks ago, it seemed that California would have bikes debuted a very evolved, but we must still wait. The watchword is handling the horses there, and this will come a new engine (4th in perfect line with the plans) which will be managed by a new electronically and will be ready to mount new components. Even the new electronic road goes in a softening of the character of the D16, with unusual strategies. Also in this case it is an anticipation of the project 2013. “We are only 20% of the total package, expect another 80″ Valentino said.
Because arrivals, it also works on the bike, the tank has been redesigned and centralized masses, but these changes do not seem to be taken early in the race, perhaps, make their debut until late season, after testing at Misano in mid-September. The frame is also a special surveillance, and Precious has confirmed that the designers are working to change it. When? This is the question for Ducati, play against the time when human resources are not at the level of competition. This could give Audi a great help, but for now it is still too early to know when and if the Germans decide to press on the accelerator.
Yamaha to eye – Iwata’s bike is without doubt the most balanced of the lot, but Lorenzo complains of acceleration and top speed. For the second they put a patch improving the aerodynamics of the front of the hull, but there is still a bit ‘out-starting the slow corners. From Japan came two engines modified for testing at Mugello and Barcelona, but not enough for promotion by Lorenzo.
The engine is not a special surveillance only for performance but also for the duration. With the fall of Assen, centered by Bautista, the Mallorcan has “thrown” a practically new engine and now the box will have to calculate carefully every move to end the season according to the extent of the six units granted by the Regulation. There should succeed, but enough to force another unexpected Lorenzo from the pits. So, better use changes only when they are completely sure and reliability improvements, or the price to pay would be too high.
Man-machine balance, right now the balance seems to tilt in the second direction.