Casey Stoner says the “finesse” of riders is suffering from the introduction of more and more electronic aids in MotoGP.
The two-time MotoGP champion thinks the new standard electronics package that helps a rider cope with traction out of corners is having a negative effect on the competition.
Close lap times have become a common occurrence in the 2016 season and Stoner believes the aids stop riders from building gaps.
“Electronics are why you see MotoGP lap times so close in qualifying, so you think, wow, so many people can go fast,” Stoner wrote in Australian Motor Cycle News.
“But in qualifying all the riders have to do is brake late, get the bike to turn, then pin it and let the electronics do the rest. There’s no more finesse.
“During a race, when you can’t brake that late every lap and get it perfect, that’s when you see the gaps grow so much through the pack.
“Electronics help massively for those riders who can’t control the rear like others can. Back in 2006 or 2007, if you had more finesse you’d pick up the bike out of the corner and almost pass the other guy halfway down the straight.
“Or maybe the other guy would slip and slide and mess up the exit, so you’d get a run on them and you’d pretty much have the pass done before you got to the next corner.”