Not denying Bautista's ability, but I'm leaning towards the V4 just being that powerful or just that fast. I mean, did you see how it pulled away on the straights coming out of the turn? It almost looked like Rea just couldn't keep up once the track straightened out.BMW's approach was to release HP4R and do a WSBK/street bikes based on it.
Ducati's approach was to release V4/s and develop R last based on feedback. Looks like their approach is working better so far. Given that Duc had V4 out for over a year.
I really hope BMW figures things out. With restrictions WSBK has on engine changes, can BMW get that much more power?
One million dollar question is how much of it is rider's skill Vs bike's power? Rea said "skill cannot outrun power, and Kawi needs more power". But 15+ sec is insane!! Second race will tell. If it was V4 winning, it's that motoGP skill and not power making the difference.
Speed on the straights is all about corner's exit before the straights. Maybe Rea is just not as good on corner exists. 1-3 mph faster corner exit speed easily translates to 3x on the straights.Not denying Bautista's ability, but I'm leaning towards the V4 just being that powerful or just that fast. I mean, did you see how it pulled away on the straights coming out of the turn? It almost looked like Rea just couldn't keep up once the track straightened out.
I maybe wrong but sure one of the races I watched the commentator said the BMW was still using the stock spec engine at the moment so if true there power & speed will increase. The Duc was a weapon in the hands of Bautista yet no other Duc really performed & PI is a major power track.Congrats to Bautista for such a good showing. That Duc really had some power advantage for sure. As compared to the BMW that was 15 mph slower down the front straight...I sure hope they fix that for Sikes. The good news was that the BMW seemed to handle all other areas pretty good.