Work on the safety of MotoGP pilots has been carried out for a long time and tightly: wide braking areas, inflatable fences, the mandatory use of wearable airbags and even regulations on the design of various seemingly trifles (such as a front brake lever) are designed to protect motorcyclists from accidents and their consequences, but at the same time with each During the season, speed records on the track are getting higher.
New MotoGP speed record
Pramac driver Johan Zarko confirmed this by setting a new MotoGP speed record at Losail circuit on March 27. Driving the Ducati Desmosedici GP, Johan, in his fourth training session, easily broke the previous record of 356.7 km / h, held (at that time) by the pilot of the Ducati factory team, Andrea Dovizioso.
The new record was 362.4 km / hand while Ducati engineers have a right to rejoice at another unprecedented achievement, some pilots are justified in their concern.
If it has already reached 360 here, then what can we say about Mugello and San Donato, ” admitted another Ducati pilot, Francesco “Pecco” Banyaya.
Pecco was referring to the 1.1-kilometer starting straight to Mugello. Tsarko reached the top speed on a kilometer straight, so a potentially new record could be broken as early as May, at the Italian Grand Prix weekend. True, some riders claim that the difference is small:
I did not accelerate to 360, – admits the pilot of the Yamaha factory team Fabio Quartaro, – but as for me, the most important part of overclocking is from 80 to 300, and there is not much difference between 300 and 330.
Of course, El Diablo is talking about his feelings in the saddle, and not about the consequences of an accident at that speed. The nine-time world champion and also Yamaha driver, Valentino Rossi, takes a slightly different view of this:
In my opinion, even 330 is already very dangerous, – said “Doctor”… -So, at least 330, at least 360 is already incredibly high. I am sure that all motorsport fans are delighted with these numbers, and they are really impressive, but certainly such speeds are very dangerous.
What is the safe speed on a motorcycle?
Fortunately, there have been no accidents at this speed yet, but significantly lower speeds can cause problems, as we know from the unsuccessful experience of the factory Yamaha pilot Maverick Viñales, whose M1 lost the brakes and had to jump off at 230 km / h. Fortunately, there were only bruises, but the speed was significantly lower than that of Tsarko on Losail, and the protective equipment worked one hundred percent.
Hence the question: what speed is generally safe? Are there enough gravel traps available to stop a motorcycle traveling 360 km / h? Of course, speed records are a great cause for joy, but they also raise questions about safety.