MotoGP » EXCLUSIVE Phil Borley (PBM MotoGP) - Q&A

"Certain parameters can be set-up for each corner. Those would usually be the torque, engine braking, wheelie control and traction control maps. The corner is identified on a distance basis because GPS is banned from MotoGP" - Phil Borley.

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July 02, 2013 11:48 AM

Brilliant interview. Phil Borley is a very clever man. You know he is because he explains very complicated subjects in an easy-to-understand way.
And I'll bet that secretly he likes the notion that PB Racing is Phil Borely, not Paul Bird.
Together with the rest of the team, for MotoGP newcomers they are doing spectacularly well in the highest echelon of racing.
Incidentally, Paul Bird's earlier hard and un-caring reputation ( according to some sources ) is being swept away by his success and commitment in MotoGP.


July 02, 2013 12:03 PM

Hearing him talk about the technical side just makes me think dollars, dollars, dollars, dollars...
Maybe a change in rules is that the bikes should not be able to be set up for individual corners at all and only have one setting and get around the track with that setting, but that might not reduce the costs anyway.
The solution to making GP more competitive isnt an easy one but the biggest issue is the control tyres either lower performing tyres or removing the control tyre would be best for GP.

Great interview some people may knock PB over the J.Ellison situation but at least somebody is trying to make the effort to help GP become more Iinteresting.


July 02, 2013 1:56 PM

@ bikenutter

Tyre war? sounds like a good idea to me build the tyres around the bike not the bike around the tyre and cut out the lag time it takes for a chassis and/or suspension manufacturer to build the bike to suit the tyres.


July 02, 2013 2:03 PM

By lowering tyre performance I dont mean a la pirelli f1 style were they purposelly design the to dramatically drop off or decintegrate after x amount of laps that would be an absolute nightmare on a bike. I mean tyres that wear minimally but but dont allow for bikes that out perform the tyres instead of tyres that out perform the bikes.


July 03, 2013 2:18 PM

@ V4Poweeeer "Maybe a change in rules is that the bikes should not be able to be set up for individual corners at all and only have one setting and get around the track with that setting"

I've said the same thing. Its not just about saving costs... its about the fact that the bike can then only be set-up by the team as the 'best compromise' for the whole lap, and the WHOLE RACE.

This one change means that it puts the rider back into the game - to make moves where his bike is strongest, and defend where it is vulnerable. Also to manage the bike, tyres and performance throughout the changes in grip and fuel load etc. to the flag.

Right now the bike optimises for every inch of track every lap - so the rider has less input on the outcome, and overtaking is super-hard as the bike in front is practically perfect everywhere.

Unlimited (virtually) electronics are damaging racing!!!!


July 04, 2013 4:21 AM

The reasoning behind the rules is to conflicted were told that the technology from gp will be fed back to our streetbikes.
1. Engine limit rule: streetbikes are already powerful beyond ones need for a streetbike but powerful enough for amatuer racers superstock is only a few seconds slower than WSBK on street tyres. The engine limit in GP only works in favour of the best engine manufacturer with extensive r&d budgets. CRT may actually and a chance if they only had to let one engine last a race might be more expensive than making 12 engines last 18 races but it isn't that expensive given only so much power can effectively be put to the ground on a bike.
2. Which brings me to electronics. Now I'm not entirely against them only in there current form however I'd like to see them a little more basic than they currently are. For example how is setting the ecu maps, tc, wheelie control etc for each corner gonna be fed back to streetbikes. A gyroscopic tc, wheelieontrol that limits


July 04, 2013 4:36 AM
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excessive wheelies, and an ecu map thats not set up for individual corners but for the entire track would limit the amount of development required on this front. If it's never going to work on my bike at home or be of any use when i am out riding then leave it to the nerds in R&D till it does.
3. Sponsorship this would have to be the biggest issue that teams face in wsbk and gp the series organisers are doing OK on this front but teams other than Repsol honda are struglling to pull sponsors. If yamaha factory is struglling to pull sponsors then what hope do smaller teams have. The biggest problems are the costs of travel and the cost of machinery and unless your gonna buy out repsol or monster energy your not gonna have competitive machinery. Hence the technical rules work against the lower budget teams because a group in the top ten never goes three or more wide into a corner let alone ten wide like the old 500cc days.

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