Car­bon discs in the rain

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

Marc Mar­quez was one of a hand­ful of rid­ers who took the un­usual step in Sun­day’s race of ex­per­i­ment­ing with car­bon brake discs in­stead of the steel discs that nor­mally fea­ture as part of Mo­togp’s wet weather set-up.

With car­bon need­ing more tem­per­a­ture to op­er­ate safely and prone to cool­ing too much in the wet, rid­ers nor­mally rely in­stead on tra­di­tional steel.

Mar­quez said: “I’ve never used car­bon brakes in the wet. The team told me to use steel discs, but I need to be the one to take the de­ci­sion. I chose car­bon be­cause I knew I was go­ing to lose on ac­cel­er­a­tion, but with them I was able to gain on the brakes.”

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