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MotoGP, On the brakes for one third of the lap at Valencia

Ricardo Tormo has the lowest average speed of all tracks on the calendar, only one demanding braking section for systems and riders

MotoGP: On the brakes for one third of the lap at Valencia

As per tradition, the MotoGP World Championship will end with the Valencian Community Grand Prix, being held this year from November 10-12. Stage of the race weekend, Circuit Ricardo Tormo is located just outside Valencia and is named for the first world champion rider from Valencia who died prematurely in 1998.

Inaugurated on September 19, 1999, it is distinguished by the length of the circuit which is just 4,005km (only Sachsenring is shorter), meaning the 65.000 spectators in the stands can keep the entire track within eyeshot. The bikes travel counter-clockwise and have to face lots of corners, both left-handed (9) and right-handed (5).

Except for the long front straight, the track is made up of tight, technical corners where low gears are often used. It's no wonder that the average lap speed is the lowest in the entire championship: The record lap time is 161.2 km/h, nothing compared to the 186.9 km/h on Red Bull Ring.

According to the Brembo technicians who assist 100% of the riders in the 2017 World Championship, Circuit Ricardo Tormo earned a 3 on the difficulty index, the lowest score of the four Spanish tracks in the World Championship.

The demand on the brakes during the GP - Each lap, the MotoGP riders turn to their brakes nine times, splitting fairly evenly the amount of left and right-handed turns: There are five left-handed corners and four right-handed. On one full lap, the MotoGP riders use their brakes for a total of 27 seconds, which is equivalent to 30% of the time needed to complete a session.

The average peak deceleration per lap is 1.14 G, the highest of the four Spanish tracks used in MotoGP. If the section composed of turns 4 and 5 were eliminated, this figure would definitely be higher. Summing up all of the force applied by a rider on the brake lever from the starting line to the checkered flag, the result comes in at about 1.410 kg. There are a good seven corners where the load goes over 5 kg.

The most demanding braking sections - Of the 9 braking sections on the circuit, only one is considered very demanding on the brakes, while five are of medium difficulty and three are light.

The most challenging corner is the first, which is named for Jorge “Aspar” Martinez, four-time World Champion. The MotoGP bikes enter the area at 323 km/h and brake for 4 seconds in 243 meters to decelerate to 136 km/h. The riders put 6,1 kg of pressure on the brake lever and are subjected to 1,5 G in deceleration.

The pressure of the Brembo HTC 64T brake fluid reaches 12,4 bar on turn 12, which is named for Champi Herreros, world champion in the 80cc class in 1989. The MotoGP bikes drop 95 km/h to go from 219 km/h to 124 km/h in a mere 2.3 seconds and 109 meters. To do so, they have to apply a load of 7.2 kg on the brake lever.

Longer but less intense is braking on the second corner, which is named for Mick Doohan: 157 meters and 4 seconds of braking, with a deceleration of 1.3 G and a 6.1 kg load on the lever. This is one of the five turns on the track that are taken at less than 100 km/h. Another one of these is turn 8 with its 179 meters of braking space traveled in 4.2 seconds.

Brembo performance - Motorcycles with Brembo brakes have won all the last 18 Valencian Community Grand Prix races contested so far in the premium class. The first to take the victory was Regis Laconi with Yamaha in 1999. Of the last five races, Spanish riders won every time and at three of these, Jorge Lorenzo stood on the top podium, just like he did in 2010. Valentino Rossi hasn't won on this track since long ago 2004.
 

Translated by Heather Watson

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