Weighing in at 69kg, Marini is the grid’s heaviest rider and has been main the requires MotoGP to introduce a minimal mixed rider/bike weight restrict just like the one utilized in Moto2 and Moto3.
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Marini feels his six-foot body and the pure weight that comes with this places him at a drawback in comparison with the smaller riders on the grid, notably relating to tyre administration.
With the introduction of 21 dash races to the 21-round MotoGP calendar in 2023, a lot speak within the pre-season has been about how riders have modified their coaching to satisfy the bodily calls for this schedule will trigger.
Marini feels he’s already on the restrict of what muscle mass he can have towards the drawback of his weight, and had hoped Dorna Sports activities would implement a minimal mixed rider/bike weight restrict in World Superbikes for 2023 to trial earlier than bringing it throughout to MotoGP.
The business rights holder for each sequence has chosen not to take action, and Marini says he’ll simply have to simply accept his “handicap”. He feels smaller riders will have the ability to make the most of the brand new weekend format to bulk up by a number of kilos in comparison with him.
“Effectively, I’m not frightened sincerely however for me will probably be vital, as a result of if I practice extra and placed on extra muscle I’ve extra difficulties on the lap time as a result of it’s only a matter of physics,” Marini stated when requested by Autosport if he was involved that the added bodily pressure of getting to compete in two races per weekend would pressure him so as to add extra muscle and make his weight much more of a drawback.
Luca Marini, Marco Bezzecchi, VR46 Racing Group with Valentino Rossi
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“If I placed on two or three kilos extra, then the bike can be slower or it’s going to simply put extra vitality on the rear tyre for acceleration, and this isn’t good as a result of our tyres are so delicate, and we have to journey very clean for one of the best ways.
“And in addition the acceleration, the velocity is essential for overtakes. I believe the smaller riders this 12 months can practice extra for extra muscle and placed on two or three kilos extra, which can assist to have extra vitality for these two races the place, for positive, the trouble can be unbelievable.
“However I simply attempt to do my greatest and hope this rule can change for the longer term. However I noticed in World Superbikes this gained’t change.
“I anticipated that Dorna would attempt one thing in Superbikes to then carry to us some new guidelines, however they took one other place.
“So, on my facet I simply have to concentrate on what I can do with my expertise and velocity, attempting to work in a different way to the others, as a result of this handicap can be with me for my total profession. And I’m at peace with this.”
Marini added that “it’s troublesome to arrange one thing totally different now” when it comes to bodily coaching as a result of “we don’t know precisely what we’re going to have with this dash race”.