During the Italian GP at the Autodromo del Mugello last June, Valentino Rossi was ranked first in Brembo's special classification of the best overtakers.
But, last weekend at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, the unstable track conditions (dry Saturday and wet Sunday) shuffled the cards also in terms of the riders' ability to overtake, which led to a very different answer.
According to data supplied by Brembo, on the longest and most challenging braking section at the end of the straight that leads to the Quercia curve, the bikes go from a maximum speed of 183 mph to 49 mph in dry conditions.
They pull this maneuver off in 4.8 seconds, applying a load of 13 lbs on the lever and traveling 243 yards.
During this delicate stage, the carbon brake discs reach a temperature of about 1,202°F.