MotoGP Update: Two-Stroke Vs. Four-Stroke Dani Pedrosa believes two-strokes are the best “school” for young riders.

Danny Pedrosa on-track action shot Perennial MotoGP title-contender Dani Pedrosa doesn’t believe 4-strokes offer young riders the on-track education of the small-displacement 2-strokes on which he earned 3 world titles. “They are complicated bikes,” he said at Circuit of The Americas, site of this weekend’s Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas. “All the new riding style of the elbow being so low comes from these bikes. I was happy to be on a 2-stroke.” Though relatively simple, 2-stroke Grand Prix bikes were difficult to ride. “The limit of the 4-stroke is the limit,” Pedrosa said. “But with the 2-stroke, the limit was unknown—more ‘valuable.’ Not many riders could go there.” There were more machine variables, as well. “You could change carburetion and the gearbox,” Pedrosa said. “The weight was different. The feeling of the bike was different. “The engine was in your hand. It was a cable, not electronic.” Pedrosa said modern racing is great for spectators because so many riders are able to approach the limit of machines. But the 2-strokes were more instructive. “You could learn many things that made you a better rider,” he said. “2-strokes clearly showed the difference between the others. “Now, young riders immediately go to 4-strokes in Moto3 and Moto2, but it’s not the same. For me, the best school was the 2-stroke.”
Dani Pedrosa COTA tower action shot

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