Valentino Rossi, the renowned MotoGP rider, has recently discussed the issue of weight handicap in the sport. Rossi is a member of the VR46 team, which includes his half-brother, Luca Marini. Marini, who is taller and heavier than Rossi, has been competing in MotoGP this season, but Rossi believes that the weight difference between riders should be taken into consideration in the sport.
According to Rossi, weight handicap is a topic that has been discussed in the past, but it hasn't been implemented in the sport yet. He believes that it's unfair for heavier riders, like his brother Luca, to have a disadvantage due to their weight.
Rossi stated, "It's not fair for a rider who is 10 or 15 kilos heavier than another rider to compete on the same bike. It's a problem that needs to be addressed."
He went on to explain that the weight of the rider can affect the performance of the bike, especially in the corners. A heavier rider may struggle to control the bike, which can lead to slower lap times and a disadvantage in races.
Rossi suggests that the sport should consider introducing a weight handicap system, where heavier riders are given a certain amount of extra weight to carry on their bikes. This would even the playing field and ensure that all riders have an equal chance of winning.
The issue of weight handicap is not unique to MotoGP. Other motorsports, such as Formula One, have introduced weight penalties for heavier drivers in the past. However, there has been no action taken yet by MotoGP.
It remains to be seen whether Rossi's comments will lead to any changes in the sport. In the meantime, riders like Luca Marini will have to work harder to overcome any disadvantage caused by their weight.