The bike+rider weight limit has been one of the most discussed topics in the last period. Scott Redding talked to us about it, raising the issue again in the past few weeks, and Alvaro Bautista also commented on it.
On the eve of the Valencia weekend, Luca Marini was asked the same question, and he didn’t mince words about it.
“I’m glad that this topic has become increasingly interesting, and we hope that there will be a change starting next year or from 2024,” the Mooney VR46 rider said. “It’s just a matter of having equal rules for everyone, since an excessive minimum weight shouldn’t be introduced to limit lighter riders. You only have to balance out the championship. If a rider is heavier, he’ll have to use more tires, even if his bike has 300 horsepower.”
Baptist is perplex on the topic
“I read what Alvaro said. According to him, the heavier riders are stronger, but I think that’s wrong. In fact, I didn’t understand his answer. A heavy rider must train to weigh as little as possible, so he can’t gain a lot in mass and be stronger. If anything, a lighter rider can train to become stronger, but not the other way around.”
There doesn’t seem to be a solution to this problem in the MotoGP.
“I’ve already talked about it in the Safety Commission, but nobody wants this thing. I’m alone right now, since all the other riders are very light. In fact, there are no riders in our championship like Baz or Redding. The Organizer has to change the rules and not the riders. In the end, all the other categories have this rule, so I wonder why not do it in the MotoGP, as well. Of course, if I were light, I wouldn’t have the rules changed.”