"I want to watch the best riders in the world, not the best electronics"
FORMER 500cc World champion Kenny Roberts Jnr. has said he believes traction control should be banished when MotoGP switches back to 1000cc from 2012, claiming the technology makes MotoGP look "like anybody can do it" .
Speaking to SuperbikePlanet.com, Roberts summarised what many feel about the massive amount of expensive high-end technology dominating the sport of late, saying: "I want to watch the best riders in the world, not the best electronics.
"When you see a Top Fuel car leave the starting line, you're reeling, you're spent," said the son of triple 500cc Champion Kenny Roberts "You can't believe what you've just seen. That's what MotoGP should be like."
Roberts believes the visual awe of seeing the best racers in the world battling to control bikes that are sliding, spinning and often on one-wheel is something crowds need to see. Today's MotoGP, he believes, is way too sterile:
"There's nothing visually exciting about it. It gives fans the impression that they could ride a MotoGP bike. Which they can't, but it really seems like they could.
"You want them to watch the bikes and really think 'These guys are crazy'. Have smoke coming off the back tyre, wheelying, leaving them thinking 'Wow, there's no way I could do that'."
Roberts believes MotoGP would be just as safe without traction control. Moreover, the American is confident the move would see a significant drop in the number of high-speed, mid-corner, front-end crashes. He explains:
"Now, riders are achieving their fast laps on their entrance and in the middle of the corner. This is why you see them all crashing on the front, and why they all say after they crash 'Well, I did nothing different on that lap than I did on the previous one'. Because once they get into the corner, they pin it and the bike takes over. If a guy's pulling away from you, and you're pinned, how do you pin it more? Where are you going to make up time? You've got to make it up going into the corner."
Posted: 26/08/2010 at 11:41
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Posted: 26/08/2010 at 12:45
Well said KR Jr!
Timpster: Personality of a garden gate? What the hell are you on about? Jr has always been good for a quote. Sachsenring 2006, after he found out he only missed out on pole by 0.09s he said, "If I had known it was that close I would have gone a bit faster." Classic!
Posted: 26/08/2010 at 15:37
Ex racer talks common sense shocker
I agree with him on this. Top class racing in any catagory deserves the best drivers/riders rather than the machines being so tamed by electronics that they are easily controlled by anyone who can get sponsorship to buy a ride
Posted: 26/08/2010 at 15:47
Posted: 26/08/2010 at 18:09
This is probably the only time you will ever see me say something good about him so take note.
Casey Moaner rides better and faster when the bike is bucking & sliding he also gets off the bike and says he is happier with it
Maybe there are more people than Vale and the older riders who want a return to almost no electronics. I feel no shame in saying that as a spectator I welcome a return to the fire breathing beasts of old
Posted: 26/08/2010 at 19:10
Who is Visordown News? I read this first, hours ago on www.Superbikeplanet.com, by Dean Adams.
Sooo, did you credit him with the story?
Posted: 27/08/2010 at 02:31
Why would they credit him with writing a different story about the same subject?
Two bike sites covering the same news. Go figure.
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