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MotoGP engine rules from the inside

MotoGP engine rules from the inside

Filippo Preziosi of Ducati and Shinichi Sahara of Rizla Suzuki discuss how the new six-engine rule has affected engine development and set-up for the 2010 season.

The new engine rules in the premier class which restrict each rider to six units throughout the entire campaign have brought a new level of organisation and management to the workload of the MotoGP teams for 2010. Those competing in the premier class this season have been hard at work to ensure that their engines last long enough so as not to break the regulations.

“We’ve worked on different aspects and we are still working in order to reach the maximum durability without losing power,” explained Filippo Preziosi, Ducati Corse General Manager, in the attached video. “There are a lot of different parts that are affected by the rules. The best thing is to use one engine with a high mileage for the practice and a fresh engine for the race and qualifying.”

Shinichi Sahara, Project Manager of Rizla Suzuki MotoGP, also discussed how his team has been dealing with the new regulations.

“The biggest issue is electric aspects like traction control and engine mapping. We have a system to stop the engine when you crash, to avoid the engine running when the bike is on its side,” he said. “We still use the same engine in practice and the race, but we’d like to try and not use the engines so much in this time.”

You can see the full interviews with both Preziosi and Sahara in the attached video, as they give the lowdown on the technical challenges involved.

MotoGP, 2010, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP, Ducati Team

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