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Sport Ducati test driver Pirro: "These MotoGP bikes could drive over 400 km / h"

16:50  08 april  2021
16:50  08 april  2021 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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would be the just longer than one kilometer long, then the MotoGP rockets could easily crack the brand of 400 km / h - of which is Ducati Test driver convinces

The new official MotoGP record at the top speed is 362.4 km / h . Ducati driver Johann Zarco launched this brand on the Losail Circuit in Qatar. Windshadow and a missed braking point in curve 1 additionally helped to achieve this brand. But how fast could MotoGP bikes actually drive?

According to Ducati test driver Michele Pirrro would be a lot possible. "These speeds have been reached at some private test drives," the Italian is quoted by the 'La Gazzetta dello Sport' . "It's not just a matter of engine performance."

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Because engine development was frozen for 2021. Nevertheless, the motorcycles have become faster. "It's about the work on the overall package," says Pirro. "The aerodynamics, the electronics and the chassis. All these aspects ensure that the power is controllable."

The next record hunt could exist in Mugello, where in the past the best topspeed values ​​were set up. For the last time there was driven there 2019. Therefore, there could be new records on the long straight direction San Donato.

"In Qatar, the just just over one kilometer is long. The target curve is slow. That is, one speeds up to 360 km / h within 800 meters of 80 km / h", Pirro illustrates the power of the V4 engines with 1,000 Cubic centimeters displacement.

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If that was just longer and the driver would have to worry about the brake point for the first curve and you translate the gearbox longer, "then you take a loose over 400 km / h," Pirro is convinced. "No problem, no problem at all."

In Formula 1, Bar-Honda or Honda was the "boneville-400" project. At the end of 2006, an official FIA record for Formula 1 cars was set up on the salt lake in Utah with 397.360 km / h. For test drives in the Mojave desert even 413.205 km / h were reached.

If Ducati should also decide to such a record attempt, Pirro would immediately be there: "I have to ask Gigi [Dall'igna] if I can drive on a two to three kilometers long straight lines - maybe at an airport. Then we would see How fast the Dermo drives. "

with image material from Motorsport Images .

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