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Technical Director runs the rule over MotoGP scrutineering process

Technical Director runs the rule over MotoGP scrutineering process

The annual scrutineering process for the MotoGP, 250cc and 125cc machines takes place today in Qatar, as always under the supervision of MotoGP Technical Director Mike Webb.

The annual scrutineering process for the MotoGP, 250cc and 125cc machines takes place today in Qatar, as always under the supervision of MotoGP Technical Director Mike Webb. For those unfamiliar with the process, Webb explains what is being weighed, counted and examined in Losail on Thursday afternoon.

At the first race of the season, every season I have to compile a database on every bike that is entered (in the World Championship), says the New Zealander on the mammoth task undertaken before any machine takes to the track for the opening practice session of the year.

Every bike gets presented to us and we check it over to record things such as the weight, the noise level, the fuel tank capacity - for the MotoGP bikes - and a number of other things that are covered in the rules. We record all that data, including the safety aspects, the riders helmets and so on, and all of that is recorded for the first time for the new championship year.

After 2007s overhaul in cylinder capacity to bring in the 800cc prototypes, this season the scrutineering process has an established precedent without any big changes to which to customise the examination. However, there will be a watchful eye on the premier class machines to ensure that no extra advantage outside of the rules is present.

This is a year in which we dont have a great deal of technical regulation changes. Last year we had a lot of changes, especially in MotoGP, continues Webb.

This year its more like a fine tuning process, so in 125cc and 250cc there is basically no change, so the procedure is the same as always. In the MotoGP its a factor of competitiveness, everyone is pushing really hard. Things like the fuel capacity, the fuel temperature, are being checked closely because the teams are trying harder and harder, so we have to tighten up a little bit on those regulations.

The most notable thing is in MotoGP where most of the development is taking place. There has been an electronics revolution and the electronics are playing more of a part. There are other parts of the bike that go along with that and get developed, so thats been the big change.

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