This is how hard the best riders in the world will punish their brakes at this weekend’s Argentine Grand Prix.
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Brembo unveils MotoGP use of its braking systems at the 2017 Argentina GP
Here are the main pitfalls for Rossi, Marquez, Lorenzo, Viñales and Iannone’s brakes
After the season got off to a difficult start, MotoGP is flying to South America for the Argentina Grand Prix that is being held from April 7 – 9 at the Autódromo de Termas de Rio Hondo. Located in the province of Santiago del Estero in the north of Argentina, the circuit was designed by Italian Jarno Zaffelli. The brakes chosen by all of the teams and riders in the premium class are also Italian, Brembo naturally.
Every year, the Autódromo de Termas de Rio Hondo hosts dozens of car competitions so when the MotoGP bikes land in Argentina, they are faced with a very dirty track. In the first free practice session of 2016, there was a great deal of sand on the asphalt and the lap times were recorded at 1:43 -1:44. These times were reduced by more than three seconds less than 24 hours later and by another second in the Q2.
According to Brembo technicians, the Autódromo de Termas de Rio Hondo falls into the category of circuits that present a mid-level of difficulty on the brakes. On a scale of 1 to 5, it earned a three on the difficulty index, the same score given to eight other tracks including Losail, which hosted the season’s inaugural race.
The demand on the brakes during the GP
The 14 turns on the track correspond to eight braking points, three of which are happen in Turn 4. Despite these delays, Turn 4 remains the fastest of the four …read more