drayon wrote:Nakamoto on Stoners' retirement and discussion on Dorna changing the rules constantly.
http://www.gpone.com/index.php/en/20120 ... itiro.html
Is it any wonder that Stoner became annoyed at the constant chirping that he was 'a playstation generation' rider? We've had rebuttals from every rider who's seen his data, but this from Nakamoto is the most explicit I've seen to date:
Q: Casey doesn’t like electronics aids so much. How much does he help in terms of machine development.
N: A lot. Casey doesn’t like electronics aids and at first, our engineers and other staff were worried if we let Casey does what he likes, tire may not last. But in the end, Casey controls tyre slip by himself. The most efficient acceleration can be obtained when the rear tyre slip ratio is around 10%, that is when you get best grip. In order to obtain 10% slip ratio, you have to fix the traction control to this level and so on. In case of Casey, we fix the slip ratio to 20% and he controls the bike without using traction control. Still his acceleration line in a diagram shows ideal line. In other word, he does what computer aid does only with his body
Last year we had three riders, Casey, Dani and Dovizioso. Dovi was using traction control at maximum level. Dani uses it as an aid to his riding skill. Casey uses as least.
We have added Casey’s requests to our traction control system and now it is almost completed. We have gained a lot of technological information from him. He contributed to us not only in racing results but in terms of development as well.
I think it is not unrealistic to suggest that Stoner has in fact changed the paradigm of what a rider needs to be able to do to win in the 't/c' -era. Far from - as he was often charged with - being utterly reliant and trusting of the t/c capability - his capability demonstrates that t/c can take a rider so far, but the last bit is reliant on the rider's own throttle control to get the last ounce of performance out of the bike in every situation. Extrapolation from that says that the 'median' level of performance for a specific bike is largely set by the t/c, the extra time shaved every lap below that comes from the rider's ability.