Presented in the March 2021 edition of Roadracing World:
MotoGP is currently going through special times where top factories are banned from upgrading engines for 2021 in an effort to ease the financial pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic. This will make it more difficult for Suzuki’s rivals to fill the gap to the GSX-RR, which has the most tire-friendly engine in the field.
But Aprilia, Ducati, Honda, KTM and Yamaha engineers have many other ways to make their bikes more competitive.
Ducati and Honda engineers need to make their V4s use more cornering speed to work with the latest rear-end slick from Michelin that encourages smoother cornering arcs like those used by the inline four Suzuki and Yamaha. Yamaha engineers need to make the YZR-M1 less reliant on the front tires, KTM engineers need to make the RC16 V4 more consistent from one track to another, and Aprilia engineers need to keep developing the latest RS-GP, whatever was -new last season. In the meantime, Suzuki engineers just have to keep doing what they did with the GSX-RR …
—Battle Of The Engineers 2021: Who Can Beat Suzuki? by MotoGP editor Mat Oxley.
The engineers from Aprilia, Ducati, Honda, KTM and Yamaha are working hard to build motorcycles that can beat Suzuki’s title-winning GSX-RR, the best all-rounder in the 2020 field. In the latest edition of Roadracing World, MotoGP Editor Mat Oxley explores what every team needs to do to top the pits in 2021!
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