Marc Marquez uses the smallest Honda, the CBR 600, the other two Spaniards, Alex Rins and Joan Mir use the CBR 1000 RR-R instead.
Another Spaniard, married to Aprilia, that is Maverick Viñales uses an RSV4, with 217 horsepower and advanced electronics from the MotoGP prototype.
Maverick has decided to register for a day of training, explaining some secrets of his sessions on the track to fans and enthusiasts.
We are on the Cartagena Circuit.
You see Maverick while he’s on the track filmed by the GoPro installed on his bike then you hear him do a technical speech in which he explains the electronic settings with which he configures his Aprilia.
The class of 1995 prefers to use the RACE mode because “it allows you to change something more. Here in Cartagena I use ATC 1, even if I don’t normally use traction control to better control the bike and try to be smoother under accelerationso I work thinking about the MotoGP”.
And advise ai amateur pilots: “Set the traction control to level 3 or 4, depending on the grip of the track”.
He obviously has little need for it: “Today I have it at 1 because it slips a bit, but if there’s good grip I’ll set it to zero, because I like to control all the acceleration”.
Consider that Vinales’ training is that of a rider who is physically ready and used to handling the most powerful bikes in the world, so take these words with the right detachment, ergo don’t do what he does!
“I have the ABS off, because otherwise I wouldn’t be able to brake hard. I also have the anti wheelie set to zero, so I work more with the rear brake and with my body, and I can get the most out of the bike when accelerating. I have the electronic engine brake to one, I’ve never tried it with another map”.