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GP Week : Issue 171
‘ELECTRONICS ARE 30 PERCENT SAFETY, 70 PERCENT SPEED’ – ROSSI Control ECU may not be all bad ... if it allows big wheelies Valentino Rossi has added his voice to the cautious approval expressed by other riders to control engine ECU units for MotoGP, all hopeful that a reduction in ‘rider-aids’ would reward riding skill and improve the quality of the racing. Opponents of controls argue that 250-plus horsepower 1000cc MotoGP bikes would be dangerously unrideable without this plethora of power controls. Rossi thinks the case is exaggerated. “For me, today, 30 percent of the electronics is for safety and 70 percent is for performance. Ii is not true that is all for the safety. “We have different torque, different engine braking, different anti-wheelie control for every corner. So this is not safety, this is just performance,” he said. “ Now the problem is that from one corner to the next it is not the rider, it is just the system of the bike that controls the power.” Now you could see two bikes together and the riders had no cards to play, “because the bike doesn’t wheelie, doesn’t spin, is too perfect. Is like Formula One five or six years ago.” The parameters of a control unit would be crucial, he continued: “They have to do a good job, because for sure safety is important, because our bikes have a lot of power. But they have to find the right balance between safety, but not become boring and too perfect, like it is now for me.” Jorge Lorenzo had previously thrown his weight behind elimination of wheelie control, only half-jokingly complaining that it was too difficult to do a wheelie to celebrate a good result. MOTOGP >>> NEWS silkolene.com 12 GPWEEK.com // 12 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: