MotoGP » Pietro Caprara (JiR Team Scot): Q&A Pt. 1

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fan - Unregistered

August 21, 2008 9:24 PM

"The maintenance of the four-stroke is complex and only factory technicians are entrusted to work on the engine, while mechanics from satellite teams are only allowed to do maintenance that doesn''t involve opening up the engines"

Wow I didn''t know that. Interesting reading. Cheers Pietro and Crash

foz101 - Unregistered

August 21, 2008 10:18 PM

Exactly 'fan', the manufacturers don't want the satellite teams meddling with the engine in case they make it better than the one supplied to the factory team!

The prime example is Honda 'rewarding' Gresini and Nakano with this years engine to play with. Immediately it gets a strong 4th with minimal testing, with Pedrosa bringing up the rear (although the tyres take the most blame) It's like Honda saying 'we'll let you do well for the rest of the season'. The JiR team is much more deserving of a new engine I'd say.

I'm not sure if Gibernau's dominance on a satellite 990cc bike persuaded the top bods at Honda not to let it happen to Repsol again. It's to the detriment of the series I think.

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