COMPARISON WITH MOTOGP
Superbike and MotoGP are two worlds that appear to be wildly different as regards the type of materials used and the difference in weight: the premium class prototypes weigh 157 kg (if these bikes had 800cc engines, they would weigh only 150 kg), while the production series bikes weigh 168 kg.
Nonetheless, the lap times are quite similar and the margins continue to close in: the best time ever registered at Assen by a MotoGP bike (Valentino Rossi 1’32’’627) is less than nine-tenths of a second lower than the best Superbike performance on the same track (Jonathan Rea 1’33’’505 ). At Jerez, the MotoGP advantage is one and three-tenths of a second, at Phillip Island it is one and seven-tenths of a second and at Misano it is 2 seconds.
The MotoGP bikes have more horsepower so they can accelerate faster, which means they arrive at the subsequent curve at a higher speed: on turn 7 at Losail, the MotoGP riders hit the brakes while going 218 km/h (135.5 mph), which is 21 km/h (13 mph) more than the Superbikes (197 km/h, 122.4 mph). This explains the 18 more metres (59 feet) of braking (157 metres, 515 feet, compared to 139 metres, 456 feet) done by the MotoGP bikes.
Since the Superbikes are prohibited from using carbon brakes, they are further penalised in braking times: on the first curve at Misano, the MotoGP bikes arrive going faster (271 km/h, 168.4 mph against 256 km/h, 159.1 mph) but after applying the brakes, they take the corner at a speed similar to the Superbikes (110-115 km/h, 68.4-71.5 mph). In spite of a greater loss in speed however, the MotoGP bikes activate their brakes for 3.9 seconds, which is a few tenths of a second less than the Superbikes.