Racing fans regularly compare genres of racing to one another, and at the top level of motorsport is F1 and MotoGP. Thankfully for us, Brembo supplies the entire current MotoGP paddock as well as many teams in F1 and has compiled some analytical data from the Red Bull Ring in Austria that may fascinate you.
While the Austrian track doesn’t have many corners, it is still quite stressful on the braking system with a fair amount of high-speed corner entries. Brembo techs rate the Austrian circuit’s difficulty on the brakes a 5 out of 5.
The seven curves in which MotoGP bikes brake around the track are the same seven we see F1 single-seaters braking into. Of course, speeds, braking pressure, and braking points are different between the two. One lap around the 2.68-mile track has GP motorcycles braking a combined total of 25 seconds while F1 racers averaged just 9.3 seconds.
The Red Bull Ring sets the record for average deceleration forces in MotoGP with 1.3 g, which is incredibly high. The most challenging braking zone is Turn 1, which sees MotoGP bikes braking at forces of 1.5 g when slowing from approximately 194 mph over 4.1 seconds, to 61.5 mph to negotiate the turn. F1 cars enter Turn 1 at a slightly higher speed of 198.5 mph, partly because the cars have a much shorter time on the brakes, just i1.77 seconds through 170 feet compared to 708 feet on the motorcycles.
Take a look at the infographic below from Brembo which supplies an analysis of turn-by-turn braking details around the Red Bull Ring.