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Old 02-11-2013, 02:45 PM   #1204
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Originally Posted by PeteN95 View Post
Top end may be over rated, but I don't ever remember seeing a disparity of speeds like I saw at Qatar in '07. I remember Rossi chasing down Stoner lap after lap and passing him near the end of the lap, only to have Stoner motor by him down the straight, no drafting required, and lead by 8 bike lengths into T1!?! Lap after lap! It looked like Rossi "dropped a cylinder", as they would say in NASCAR.
By Barcelona, that speed differential was almost gone.

It is worth checking the website's results page, which has full stats on all races. The speed differential was not as large as it looked after Qatar:
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