Richo wrote:…I remember seeing at the last round when the bikes came into to parc ferme, I think both Repsol bikes had those "stomp pads" as you call them ipso. I don't remember seeing them previously on any motogp bikes.
I looked at the Mugello park ferme and couldn’t find anything, but maybe I’m confusing the bits.
Occasionally there is padding on the front of the tail cowl (easy to see), and occasionally on the back of the tank (not so easy to see.) Here is one though (gray.) I’ll call it a ‘tank-nub’, for lack of a better term.
This one below looks to be a better formed black tank-nub (preseason, pre-paint). You can also see the “stomp-pad” clear rubber grip tape on the side of the tank. (‘Stomp-Pad is just one brand [that one actually], taking its name from the snowboarding accessory.)
So I guess it’s just obvious to everyone else, but it struck me that Stoner was using his pelvis almost exclusively (rubber tank-nub or not.) Perhaps the whole notion that upper body strength is needed for the otherworldly carbon fiber brake G-force is actually not that bad – people like me just projecting how hard it is on our street bikes (wrists) but is actually a bunch of people with stock tanks that thus are not able to use there pelvis. I’ve never seen custom tanks or extenders at trackdays, but then I’ve never looked. Maybe I just never noticed them.
Here looks to be a stealth tank-nub – or whatever it’s called.
Here looks to be none at all, and very similar to what both Stoner and Dovi seemed to have for Mugello. I guess the tank covers are just extended or shortened to custom fit the rider (vs. padding.)