MotoGP Technology Phillip Island Update

Posted on 20 Oct, 2015 by Scott Jones
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As the spare bikes were lined up in pit lane before the start of the race, I noticed several other methods of clamping the fuel overflow lines.

yamaha-tech-3-fuel-clampOn the Tech 3 Yamaha the line is in the same place as the factory Yamaha, but Tech 3 used a different kind of clamp.

 

Ducati-GP15-fuel-line-clampDucati uses the same type of surgical clamp as Movistar Yamaha, but the fuel line is in a different place, tucked inside the air box cover.

 

Ducati-14.1-fuel-line-clampOn Barbera’s Ducati 14.1 the line is exposed and clamped thus, with the clamp clipped to the fairing.

 

Though not updates strictly speaking, I thought I’d include some tech shots of the Suzuki GSX-RR in its current form as of Phillip Island along with a few comments.

Suzuki-GSX-RR-left-side-viewI’ve commented before on the attention to detail in design and manufacturing shown in the Repsol Honda RC213V components. While Ducati and Yamaha are by no means sloppy in these details, to my eye no other bikes in pit lane show the same polish as the Hondas when examined up close.

I’m gradually changing my opinion about that, however. The Suzuki GSX-RR rivals the RC213V in this regard and in some instances matches the high degree of detail we see on the Honda.

 

Suzuki-GSX-RR-shift-linkage-detailParts such as those composing the shifter are beautiful in their design machining. On other bikes these parts might be scratched, scuffed from crashes, or appear cobbled together from various sources rather than displaying the unity of design we see here. It’s clear that Suzuki is taking its MotoGP project very seriously, perhaps more so than ever in Suzuki’s history of GP racing.

 

Suzuki-GSX-RR-head-set-detailNotice the carbon fiber cover adorned with a single decal denoting that this is Vinales’s bike #1. On most if not all other MotoGP bikes, this section atop the front fork is bare and we can see the cut out sections that are machined into the metal. Suzuki takes the time to cover this up, only they know exactly why.

 

Suzuki-GSX-RR-wire-detailIt’s not merely the parts themselves that are nearly perfect in their design and manufacture. The attention to details shown by the Suzuki mechanics is also rivals the factory Honda gear jockeys.

The team itself may even exceed Honda when it comes to presenting their garage to those in pit lane. I almost never see evidence that the Suzuki bikes are disassembled or have just been worked on. When the Suzuki garage doors go up, the garages are perfectly organized. No tools on the ground, no fairings set aside on the floor to save effort before the next service. It looks to me like the Suzuki mechanics work the longest hours of any team in pit lane, because they don’t leave for the night until every single item in the garage is back in its place and the bikes are covered up for the next day. This makes it very frustrating for a photographer trying to get photos of the bikes without fairings!

 

©2015 by Scott Jones / PhotoGP – All Rights Reserved

Camera Info: Nikon D4 with Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8

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