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Burgess breaks down Sepang technical details

Burgess breaks down Sepang technical details

Burgess breaks down Sepang technical details

Sepang is one of the widest tracks on the calendar, measuring 16 metres across in some areas, and always features high track temperatures in the tropical climate. Races can be won and lost due to the ability of machinery to hold a line during turn-in at several points of hard braking. With four major hairpins and some fast and frequent changes of direction in its 5542m layout, Sepang provides a stern workout for the entire bike set-up and its largely predictable, if demanding, climate makes it the ideal winter testing venue. Crew Chief to Valentino Rossi, Jeremy Burgess provides us with the lowdown on the Malaysian circuit.

"With the exception of Brno we have been to some tight and fiddly tracks recently but I would call Sepang a ‘real' Grand Prix circuit. It is a great test track because it has a bit of everything – from two points that are fast enough for the riders to take in sixth gear to some tight and twisty first gear corners. As far as the corners are concerned there are some you accelerate through, some you stop at, areas where you are braking from high speeds – basically every area of the bike gets a workout.

"Last year we got caught out on tyres but we put a lot of laps in during the winter tests and over the last couple of races this is an area we have focused on. A good front-end set-up is also crucial at Sepang because there are lots of points where the riders are braking at full lean, so they need full confidence to know that the front won't tuck. The heat is also an important factor and the rider must be careful not to push the tyres too early."


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