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The evolution of electronics with Nicky Hayden and Juan Martinez

The evolution of electronics with Nicky Hayden and Juan Martinez

The Ducati Team rider and his crew chief give an expert insight into the role of electronics in this feature video.

The growing role of electronics in MotoGP has become a constant subject of discussion in the premier class in recent years, and in this feature interview Ducati Team rider Nicky Hayden and his crew chief Juan Martinez talk about the advancement of the technology.

Talking in the context of the Desmosedici GP10 both Martinez and Hayden give their opinions on how electronics have affected MotoGP. “I think the mechanical design of the bike has some limitations, and with electronics you can basically hide some of the problems you are having with that,” explained Martinez in the attached video. “Electronics are a great help for many situations, especially in helping us give the rider a safer machine and being able to prevent some of the crashes from the past.”

Hayden, now into his eighth season in MotoGP also gives a rider’s perspective. “It took a bit of time to understand the electronics,” said the American. “I think that people think traction control is only when you open the throttle, but with these bikes and clutches it’s a lot to do with corner entry, to keep the bike from locking up. When we first went to the 4-strokes you saw a lot backing in and flagging on corner entry, but now as the weekend goes on we’re constantly changing settings for every part of the track.”

You can watch the full extended feature in the attached video.

MotoGP, 2010, TIM TT ASSEN, Nicky Hayden, Ducati Team

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