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Pedrosa and Leitner explain the importance of weight distribution

Pedrosa and Leitner explain the importance of weight distribution

The Repsol Honda rider and his chief mechanic talk through the significance and implications of finding the correct balance and weight distribution on the RC212V.

Dani Pedrosa and his chief mechanic on the Repsol Honda team Mike Leitner have worked hard to improve the RC212V this season, and here the pair discuss the considerable effects that balance and weight distribution can have on a MotoGP bike’s performance.

Giving a mechanic’s view first, Leitner said: “There are many ways you can change the weight distribution of the bike… the length of the swingarm, the angle on the front, the position of the rider, so you have many options. It’s always related to the layout of the racetrack and the size of the rider, which is a compromise, so we work a lot on that. In general it’s very complex because each rider has a different feeling. Dani knows quite well what he wants.”

Pedrosa also explained the different aspects involved from the point of view of a rider. “I feel it a lot when the weight distribution is changed, because the bike has a different way of behaving,” said the 24 year-old. “It depends on the track and whether you need a bike that’s better in the turning or the braking, or a bike that wheelies less. To control all of these things you have to control the weight and move it around, and of course it’s not perfect for each part but you have to look for the best balance.”

You can watch the interview feature in full in the attached video.

MotoGP, 2010, GRAN PREMI APEROL DE CATALUNYA, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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