Colin Edwards

2014 Sachsenring MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from Bridgestone and the MotoGP teams after Sunday's strange German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring:

Round Number: 
9
Year: 
2014

2014 Sachsenring MotoGP Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from Bridgestone and the MotoGP teams after Saturday's qualifying for the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring:

Round Number: 
9
Year: 
2014

2014 Sachsenring MotoGP Friday Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the first day of practice at the Sachsenring:

Round Number: 
9
Year: 
2014

2014 Sachsenring MotoGP Preview Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone previewing this weekend's German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring:

Round Number: 
9
Year: 
2014

Assen Pit Stop Analysis: Who Won And Who Lost?

With the win at Assen, Marc Marquez brought his tally for the season up to eight, and a clean sweep of the races so far. After the race, many fans remarked on Marquez' remarkable pit swap strategy, jumping straight from one bike to the other without touching the ground, rather than hopping off one and onto the second bike, as the other riders on the grid do. It looks spectacular in photos, such as this one tweeted by Marquez himself, though if you watch the video from MotoGP's Youtube channel, it's clearly more of a hop than a leap.

Did Marquez get any benefit from it? The best way to answer that is to measure it, and fortunately, the MotoGP.com website offers us two ways to do that. The results section of the website holds a PDF with an analysis of every lap done by each rider, broken down into sector times. By taking the times posted by each rider for the last sector of the lap on which they entered the pits, and the first sector of the lap on which they exited the pits, we get a clear idea of how much time riders lost in swapping bikes. In addition, the video of the race on the MotoGP.com website (MotoGP.com subscription required) shows on screen the times riders actually spent in the pits, from crossing the pit lane entrance line to the pit lane exit line. Using these two numbers, we can get a fair idea of who comes out best after making their pit stops.

2014 Assen MotoGP Saturday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the Dutch Grand Prix at Assen:

Round Number: 
8
Year: 
2014

2014 Assen MotoGP Friday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying at Assen:

Round Number: 
8
Year: 
2014

2014 Assen MotoGP Preview Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone ahead of Saturday's Dutch TT at Assen:

Round Number: 
8
Year: 
2014

2014 Barcelona MotoGP Test Press Releases

Press releases from the teams after the MotoGP test at Barcelona:

Year: 
2014

2014 Barcelona MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams, Bridgestone and Honda after today's thrilling race at Barcelona:

Round Number: 
7
Year: 
2014

2014 Barcelona MotoGP Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying at Barcelona:

Round Number: 
7
Year: 
2014

2014 Barcelona MotoGP Friday Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the first day of practice at Barcelona:

Round Number: 
7
Year: 
2014

2014 Barcelona MotoGP Preview Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone ahead of this weekend's Grand Prix at Barcelona:

Round Number: 
7
Year: 
2014

2014 Mugello MotoGP Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after Sunday's epic Italian Grand Prix at Mugello:

Round Number: 
6
Year: 
2014

2014 Mugello MotoGP Friday Round Up: On Wasted Sessions, A Feisty Rossi, And American Joy And Despair

The weather didn't really play ball at Mugello on Friday. The forecast rain held off until the last five minutes of Moto3 FP2, before sprinkling just enough water on the track to make conditions too wet for slicks, too dry for wet tires. That left the entire MotoGP field sitting in their garages waiting for the rain to either get heavier and wet the track completely, or else stop, and allow it to dry up. Dani Pedrosa explained that though the track was dry in most places, San Donato, the first corner at the end of the high speed straight, was still wet. Bridgestone slicks need to be pushed hard to get them up to temperature, and if you can't push in Turn 1, then they don't. That leaves you with cold tires, which will come back and bite you further round the track.

One of the items on the list of requirements Dorna sent to Michelin was the need for an intermediate tire. Would anyone have gone out if they had had intermediates? Pedrosa believed they would have. 'With intermediates you can go out. I'm not sure whether you get anything out of it, but for sure you don't have 24 bikes in the box.' You don't learn much in terms of set up when you go out on intermediates, but more people might venture out. One team manager I spoke to was less convinced. 'We have five engines and a limited number of tires. We can't afford to lose an engine in a crash. Why take a risk, when it's better to save miles on the engine?'

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