Featured In the August 2020 issue of Roadracing World:
Why does a $250,000 World Superbike lap a racetrack very nearly as quickly as a $2.5 million MotoGP bike? There are two main reasons.
First, modern Superbikes are incredible pieces of machinery, stuffed with MotoGP-derived technology. Showroom offerings like Ducati’s Panigale V4R and Kawasaki’s ZX-10RR are way closer to a MotoGP bike than any supercar or touring car is to a Formula 1 car.
“F1 and World Touring Car is the same philosophy as MotoGP and World Superbike,” says reigning Superbike World Champion Jonathan Rea. “But the gap between a hand-built F1 car and any car you can buy in a showroom and turn into a WTC car is way bigger than the gap between MotoGP and us.
“That proves that all the motorcycle manufacturers, both those that compete in MotoGP and those that don’t, put all the latest technologies into the bikes they sell. You can even see it with showroom models—some of the manufacturers send their riders out on standard bikes in testing to post amazing lap times, which is a huge marketing tool …”
—Why Aren’t MotoGP Bikes Much Quicker Than World Superbikes? MotoGP Analysis, By Mat Oxley
It’s the age-old question that’s never been properly answered – how can a pimped-up streetbike lap within two seconds of a money-no-object MotoGP bike? MotoGP Editor Mat Oxley investigates in the August issue of Roadracing World!
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