Riding Styles: Assen’s GT Chicane
While the Red Bull Rookies are less experienced than most Moto3 riders, many of them get their similar machines through this chicane in the same way, except more so. As you can image, there is much more variety of style and line with the Rookies. Here, Ayumu Sasaki refines his approach, finding that there is still work to be done.
Oscar Guiterrez shows a style that is closer to the less experienced Moto3 riders.
Second in the Red Bull Rookies Cup and a campaigner in the Italian Championship, the quick and experienced (for his age) Fabio Di Giannantonio was one of the fastest of the Rookies at Assen. He shows here a minimum of wheel lift and cross up, very smooth.
As the bikes get larger and the experience longer, in Moto2 we see less front wheel lift and less cross up of the front wheel. Moto2 race winner Johann Zarco shows a style typical of the fastest riders in the class.
With the big bikes, it’s much less likely to find a rider lifting the front wheel or being crossed up much.
A smooth line through a corner is no surprise with Jorge Lorenzo, but even Marc Marquez looks steady and settled in this chicane. Most of my images from the 20 minutes I spent here for the race day Warm Up session, I could find one a few where a rider had his front wheel off the ground, this one being the most dramatic:
Leave it to Señor Hernandez to provide the extreme example of a normal 1000cc line through the chicane, but compared to Remy Gardner it’s less than spectacular.
Thinking of the differences seen with Moto3 and MotoGP riders, I wish we could compare overhead footage from the helicopter to see if the Moto3 bikes aren’t actually a bit faster through these two turns than the big bikes. Being so much lighter and capable of being pushed around and through a turn, the Moto3 bikes might be able to take this short section of track at a faster speed than the heavier, more cumbersome 1000s.
While most MotoGP riders show a style much smoother than the wheel-lifting 250cc riders, Jack Miller found that a small mistake can lead to a suddenly very exciting moment.
Miller entered the chicane like this:
Not in real trouble, or so it seems. When he tries to go left, though…
For a split second he’s in the air, perhaps thinking fondly of how, last season, he got his Moto3 bike through the GT Chicane. To his credit, Miller was pretty smooth on whelps following this one.
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