Fast MotoGP News: Bradl still with LCR, Yamaha Seamless Gearbox Tested, Honda's still Better

Here's some gatling-paced MotoGP news: Honda's satellite team LCR has confirmed having the German rider Stefan Bradl aboard their machine for the next season, while Yamaha has been extensively testing their all-new seamless gearbox at the private test in Brno, the Czech Republic. First, zie Germans...
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Good news for both Stefan Brad and Honda's Lucio Checchinello, probably one of the German's strongest supporters, as the young rider was confirmed for one more year aboard the factory-supported LCR satellite machine.

Currently sixth in the world standings with 84 points, though a long way down from Cal Crutchlow, Bradl has no more reasons to fear for his LCR seat: paddock rumors were seeing Crutchlow as a possible top rider with LCR, but as the Brit went for a Ducati factory seat, things settled finely for the German and his team.

And now, Japanese tech-time: Yamaha had a private test at Brno, with no invitations extended to the media, so it was down to the spectators to do some spy-work. And spy they did...

It looks like Yamaha's all-new seamless gearbox is really shifting faster than the actual one, and by faster we mean a hefty 143% improvement. With no official data, it was down to the audio analysis of fan-made recordings to shed some light on the matter. For a more detailed story full of numbers, please check MotoMatters' article.

Still, even though it looks like Yamaha's jump from 0.038s shifts to 0.016s ones is yet far from the amazing 9 milliseconds Honda prototypes need to shift gears. Rossi had a run-off associated with some strange noises, and this means there is still a lot of work until the seamless transmissions work as Yamaha's Lin Jarvis wants them to.
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