Experienced MotoGP riders often aren't the best sources for a description of what it feels like to ride a 280-horsepower Grand Prix motorcycle. They're too accustomed to the incredible speed, acceleration, braking and cornering abilities of the prototype motorcycles.
Sometimes it takes a first-timer losing his premier-class virginity to explain the sensation best.
British Moto2 standout Scott Redding tested MotoGP machinery for the first time last week, riding a Ducati GP12 in what amounted to an audition for the proposed Ducati junior team next season.
Redding was blown away - to put it mildly - by the speeds he reached on Mugello's long front straightway.
"I had no idea what was going to happen, but I was going down the pit lane with the limiter on thinking,''I'm on a MotoGP bike, and I've no idea what to expect,'" Redding told British media. "It was a real eye-opener. I opened it up full bore and thought, ?Well, it's not that quick,' but realized about the anti-wheelie and traction control systems.
"The first time I came down the home straight and went from fifth to sixth gear and had the throttle completely wide open, that's when you realize how fast it really is. It's like sitting on a live rocket ship!"