Originally Posted by doyle
Chavo is still searching for top end speed. I compared the three fastest data points between Chavo, Goncalves, and Coma. On the eastern edge, Chavo was right with them at 111 kph while Goncalves was 110 and Coma was 113 but on the run from Al Janai to Himeem, Juan Carlos topped at 108 while Goncalves and Coma had nearly 20kph on him at 125 and 128 kph respectively.
Leaving Himeem near Mousel, Chavo was up a little at 116kph but Goncalves and Coma were still quickest at 122 and 125kph.
Chavo is on a 499cc while Coma and Goncalves are (supposedly) 50cc down on him. Makes one wonder how much power the full factory efforts are able to wring out of such a small capacity.
Great quote from Don @ CPW (when he was talking to the Austrian guys that built his KTM 450RR engine).
Austrian guy said something like: 'Hows the engine doing'?
Don:'We seem to be down a couple of K's in topspeed'
Austrian guy: 'Are you sure your rider is giving it full throttle?'
Turns out that the exact same engines were used by CD and MC.. When used by factory riders, they had a topspeed that was a little higher...
Read into it what you think, 9 out 10 times it is all in the wrist...