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Circuit of Americas Lap Time Comparison

Thursday, March 14, 2013
After months of speculation, he said/she said arguments, and of course, the hardest part of all: the physical construction of the Circuit of Americas, it’s finally happening. MotoGP is in Texas. The last couple of days the Honda and Yamaha MotoGP squads were in Austin, lapping the 3.41-mile, 20-turn Formula One course. Considering how new the venue is (it has only hosted two race weekends thus far, all on four wheels) it’s interesting how the lap times compare between vehicles. As you can see the bikes are faster than a heavily modified production sports car but still a good couple seconds off a full-on Rolex Grand-Am car and a whopping 25 seconds a lap slower than an F1 racecar!

Marc Marquez                             Honda RC213V                       2'04.363
Blake Young                                CRT / ZX-10R                         2’13.641
Bill Auberlen / Paul Dalla Lana    BMW M3                                 2’19.645
Alex Gurney                                 Corvette Daytona Prototype   2’00.556
Sebastian Vettel                          Red Bull RB9                          1’39.347 


                                                                                                                    
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cggunnersmate March 15, 2013 04:58 AM
Yeah, I'm not suprised about GP beating the GT cars. They probably have better corner speed on average but the power to weight and top speed advantage of the GP bikes would be major coming off the corners and down the long straights. I don't know if there's any braking advantage for the bikes but I wouldn't be suprised if it's noticeable.

Plus, and now I don't know the track real well, watched some of the recent car races there, but I think in some of the esses, the bikes can more or less straighten them out quite a bit where as the cars have to actually turn and transition more. So that would save the bikes some time as well.
Rucuss54 March 14, 2013 12:21 PM
Double posting, sorry about that.
Rucuss54 March 14, 2013 12:18 PM
The fastest MotoGP time was 2'03.853 set by Marquez on the final day. The fastest Rolex GT qualifying time was 2'08.846 in a Ferrari 458 and the fastest GT race lap was 2'09.023 in a BMW M3. GT cars are 5 sec off the MotoGP lap times, the bikes are only gaining on the long straights, the weird corners and massive brake zones were designed for car racing only. Nothing comes close to F1, it's basically planes stuck to the ground.
Rucuss54 March 14, 2013 12:07 PM
The fastest MotoGP time was 2'03.853, set by Marquez on the final day. The Rolex GT class pole lap done with a Ferrari 458 was 2'08.846 and best race time for GT class was 2'09.023 in a BMW M3. The GT cars are 5 sec off MotoGP times, the bikes must be gaining on the straights, the weired corners and massive brake zones were designed for car racing only. Nothing compares to F1, they are basically planes stuck to the ground.
cggunnersmate March 14, 2013 05:42 AM
Well you can't beat 4 huge contact patches and hundreds of pounds or more of aero downforce.