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Matthew Birt  says:

Pol Espargaro suffers injury blow in Qatar

Pol Espargaro’s preparation for his rookie MotoGP season suffered a cruel blow in Qatar last night when he broke his left collarbone in a crash in the final hours of a promising pre-season campaign. The reigning Moto2 world champion was entering Turn 6 at around 125mph but instead of downshifting to first, the Spaniard hit neutral. He ran straight on but was...

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  • Posted 261 days ago (10 March 2014 09:19)

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Oct 06

Posts: 587

Eddy998 says:

Gearbox neutral!!!!

 Just thought about it now!! Why can't the gearbox be designed so that neutral is at the "top" and all other gears below? Then they woulldn't have to pass through "neutral changing from  2nd to 1st or vice versa!!!!!!!! Or woiuld that still be a problem changing from 2nd to 1st and passing through 1st to nuetral???? Ciao

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Mar 09

Posts: 5451

Nostrodamus says:


A two week recovery period is so twenty years ago. Pol should be strong enough to have a good sensible first up MotoGP race in Qatar.

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Mar 09

Posts: 5451

Nostrodamus says:

I had no idea Eddy until I went searching

and found this on a forum which was hijacked from another...

"Actually, there is a specific reason why neutral ended up between first and second gear when motorcycle controls were standardized in 1975: SAFETY.

"In the 60s and 70s, there was a growing trend toward placing neutral below first gear. My nephew, for example, had a Kawasaki 100 with a '4 up' shift pattern (N,1,2,3,4). As this shift pattern gained popularity, more and more motorcyclists were developing the tendency to instictively shift the bike all the way down into neutral as they slowed, sometimes accidentally, but most times intentionally. The idea was that you could stay in neutral at a light or stop sign, then clutch into gear and start rolling again when right-of-way was established. The habit was obviously flawed, and riders started getting hurt.

The vast majority of injuries were caused when a bike was inadvertently upshifted from neutral into first gear at a fast coast. The resultant engine breaking caused instant rear wheel lockups, which in turn caused crashes. The mechanical aspects of neutral's location also caused various runability and logistical problems, as well.

By locating neutral between first and second gears, the severity of engine breaking in the event of accidental upshift was reduced, as well as making neutral a relative inconvenience, rather than something riders depended on. It also made first gear the natural first position in the gear box, which is where the transmission should be adjusted whenever the bike is stopped in traffic anyway."


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Oct 13

Posts: 552

Honda have 6 up pattern

 Repsol team have been using the 6 up pattern (N,1,2,3,4,5,6) since at least the start of last year. You cannot accidently select neutral however, as there is a separate lever underneath the clutch used to select neutral, you cannot select it from using the normal clutch lever.

I believe Rossi has had the same system put on his 2014 M1.


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