How hard do the Brembo brakes on today’s MotoGP bikes work around the Circuit of the Americas track? Glad you asked…
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Brembo Unveils MotoGP Use of its Braking Systems at the 2017 GP of the Americas
The main pitfalls for Viñales, Rossi, Marquez and Lorenzo’s brakes
Following the event in South America, MotoGP is moving onto North America for the third race of the 2017 World Championship, April 21 – 23 at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas.
COTA was designed by German architect Hermann Tilke and is one of the few circuits in the world to host both the MotoGP World Championship and Formula 1: the single-seaters register a lap time half a second lower than that of the motorcycles.
Some stretches on the track were inspired by famous corners on historic circuits. The Texas circuit stands out for the intimidating incline on the straightaway leading to the first left-hand turn. In all, there is a difference of 133 feet between the lowest and highest points on the track, which makes it easy to imagine what might happen if the riders make a mistake in braking on the downhill stretch.
The track, located east of Austin, poses a mid-level challenge on the braking systems. According to Brembo technicians, who assist all of the MotoGP riders, the COTA earned three points on a scale of 1 to 5. This is exactly what the tracks at Losail and Termas de Rio Hondo registered, but at Jerez, where the race will be held in two weeks, the score goes up to four.
The demand on the brakes during the GP
Even though it isn’t the longest track in the World Championship, COTA has the most braking sections per lap at 13. Only the GP Qatar matches this number. While at …read more