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How to shift 260 tons of MotoGP cargo to China

How to shift 260 tons of MotoGP cargo to China

How to shift 260 tons of MotoGP cargo to China

The start of the very first Chinese GP at Shanghai is now only four days away and, in preparation for this brand-new event, the MotoGP teams are already working hard to set-up their garages and arrange their allocated space for the weekend's big event.

About 260 tons of material had to be transported to China for the coming event. Normally, three 747 jumbo jets are rented to shift the cargo to the venue, but this time only two planes were rented and the free space in three other planes was utilised instead.

The whole operation started just a few hours after the chequered flag was waved in Estoril to conclude the Portuguese GP. On Sunday night and Monday, 36 trucks were loaded and left for the Schiphol (Amesterdam) and Malpensa (Milan) airports, which are both located about 2350 km from Estoril.

The planes then took various routes on the long journey to China, depending on the airline. The Malaysian Airlines left from Amsterdam and made a stop in Dubai before going on to China; while the Singapore Airlines Cargo left from Amsterdam and made a stop in Singapore. Alitalia Cargo left from Milan and stopped in Alma Ata (Kazakhstan).

The same routes will be used on the way back, although part of the convoy will be dropped off at the Roissy - Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris in preparation for the next round of the MotoGP Championship in Le Mans.

From May 6-10, 17 workers with forklift trucks will be in charge of delivering all the material to the teams in the French paddock and the event will take place on the 13th.


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