Video: Ben Bostrom vs. Roger Lee Hayden at Homestead

11/15/2012 @ 4:04 pm, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS

Video: Ben Bostrom vs. Roger Lee Hayden at Homestead Ben Bostrom Roger Lee Hayden National Guard Jordan Suzuki 635x357

One of our favorite parts about MotoGP’s recent coverage are the slow-motion shots of riders going through corners, especially when the Dorna folk in the switchroom line-up a few riders through the same turn, giving us a sampling of the different riding styles that exist in the premier class. It is through this sort of coverage that you begin to see the real art behind riding a motorcycle at speed, not the brute force brawl that it looks like in real-time.

Here we have another side-by-side comparison, quite literally actually. Dropping a 1-2 qualifying session at Homestead this year, Roger Lee Hayden was fastest on his National Guard Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 (1’22.746), while Ben Bostrom qualified 2nd on his Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 (1’22.857). What is interesting in this video is the subtle differences between the two riders, which results in over a one-tenth of a second difference at the finish line.

With the camera located in the rear and facing forward, we get a great shot of how Roger and Ben move their bodies on the bikes. Roger doesn’t get too far off the seat, but also minimizes his body movements, whereas Ben gets more of a butt cheek off the seat pad in the turns, but often does a double-movement when coming back off the corner. You could watch this video a dozen times and still not pick it all the way apart.

Interesting stuff. Leave your notes in the comments.

Source: Jordan Motorsports (YouTube)

Comment:

  1. MikeD says:

    Ahhh ! YES, our lovely Dade County Skies…those clouds white like cotton, it’s a rain-forest swamp paradise down here !

    I guess this went on like 1-1/2 months ago…………fricking rain wouldn’t let go not even for a day. Frigging rain forest weather.

  2. CMRAsloguy says:

    this is awesome! i wish teams with riders this close would do more of these! great idea!

  3. buellracerx says:

    What’s really mind-blowing is how two very different styles on two different suspension setups can converge on the same lap time. While other forms of racing become more dependent on strategy or $$ in the vehicle, motorcycle road racing will always be about the rider

  4. Jason says:

    buellracerx says:
    November 15, 2012 at 5:37 PM
    What’s really mind-blowing is how two very different styles on two different suspension setups can converge on the same lap time. While other forms of racing become more dependent on strategy or $$ in the vehicle, motorcycle road racing will always be about the rider

    this^^^^^

  5. Homesteads sucks, half-ass NASCAR track converted to a third rate road race track. There never were any decent tracks in South Florida. Sebring is about as good as it gets and it’s just a rather crappy converted airstrip.

    Florida is flat as a pancake, no hills whatsoever, so there are no elevation changes in any of the local club tracks. Moroso in Palm Beach County was the only one we had when I was growing up, and it still can’t get an FIA certification. Maybe something new has opened up in recent years but I’m not aware of it.

  6. Video: Ben Bostrom vs. Roger Lee Hayden at Homestead – http://t.co/A7AWCOIP #motorcycle

  7. RJ says:

    Hey Aaron, there’s always Jennings, though that’s not really South Florida…

  8. Craig says:

    Yep…. there is always Jennings… but when you live in the point of the US that furtherest South East of anything; you are stuck with what you have unless you are willing to travel.

    That little course isn’t great, but it’s better than running the on-ramps on 95 for sure… cheer up man!

    Nice vid… Now if only they could actually do that right next to each other… :)

  9. MikeD says:

    Craig said:

    Yep…. there is always Jennings… but when you live in the point of the US that furtherest South East of anything; you are stuck with what you have unless you are willing to travel.

    That little course isn’t great, but it’s better than running the on-ramps on 95 for sure… cheer up man!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    ^………this guy, he pretty much nailed it. The only thing i know as a curve down here is the junction of The Palmetto with I-75, BIG ASS FAST CURVE (~90MPH)…both ways…and the only others being the on-off ramps, some with some significant elevation changes.
    Besides me being a lazy bum that’s one of the main reasons i found myself riding less and less every month…no real incentive to go out there…JMHO.
    And then people ask themselves why the kids around here all they do is haul ass on the freeways.

    So…..if any of you have any good twistys and mountains near home, go on and rip’em good…(^_^)

  10. Kelso says:

    Tallahassee has the best riding roads in FL, but at that point its basically GA

  11. rms says:

    If I recall correctly, Ben was a Keith Code kid and the way he moves his but on the bike sort of fits with that style. Rodger hardly moves at all, and when he does it is fast and he gets planted immediately. He doesn’t sit up much when braking either which is unusual for me at least. Seems like Roger is totally focused and part of the bike while Ben is riding it.