How could we talk about the fastest man at Mugello, and not touch on the slowest man of Mugello? No we don’t mean Sete Gibernau who has had a remarkably unremarkable season. We mean the Luxors of Late Braking, the Princes of Passing, and the Bastards of Barging in, those rider who hold on for just a split second longer than the rest before grabbing a fistful of brake after a long straight away.
Well, he clever folk at Brembo did some analytic interpretations from the data-logging the teams used at Mugello, and have figured out who the best brakers were at the Italian circuit this weekend. Results after the jump.
According to Brembo, in the final braking phase of the straight that takes you to the San Donato curve, the maximum speed of rider and bike goes from just under 200mph to around 65mph, all in a matter of 6.4 seconds or 1100 feet. The stress on the brakes from this change in speed will cause the carbon fiber discs to reach temperatures of about 1000° F, as if the situation wasn’t hot enough (a-oh!).
Brembo collected all the telemetry data from the teams after the official practices, and have come up with this following list of who is the best on the brakes at Mugello.
Top Ten Brakers at the San Donato Curve 2009:
1° Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki)
2° Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha Team)
3° Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro Team)
3° Jorge Lorenzo (Fiat Yamaha Team)
5° Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda)
6° Chris Vermeulen (Rizla Suzuki)
7° Randy De Puniet (LCR Honda)
8° Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda)
9° Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
10° Marco Melandri (Hayate Racing Team)