Whilst the achievements of Valentino Rossi
and Colin Edwards
have helped propel Gauloises Yamaha to the top of the 2005 MotoGP teams' championship standings, their success would not be possible without the hard work of a dedicated crew of staff inside the pit box.
The first job for the pit crew at each GP, after they have parked the trailers on Wednesday morning, is to start unloading the materials, before intricately constructing the team's hi-tech home for the weekend.
That takes until Wednesday lunchtime, when mechanics are then able to start working on the bikes in preparation for the race, following the instructions of their respective crew chiefs - Jeremy Burgess and Daniele Romagnoli.
Burgess and Romagnoli will have already met with their Japanese colleagues to find out what new parts are available for the weekend, make a plan for bike preparation and decide on the main changes to the gearbox and suspension settings from the last race.
Meanwhile, the data engineers use past information to try and predict potential problems the rider might have according to the demands of the circuit and prepare as many alternative solutions as they can.
The layout of the garage is designed to provide the team with readily available tools and the ideal surroundings to maximise their own performance throughout practice, qualifying and the race.
Witness how they are able to do this by taking a virtual tour inside the Gauloises Yamaha Team pit box, with comments from team director Davide Brivio, Rossi's crew chief Jeremy Burgess, team co-ordinator Marc Canela and the riders themselves (the numbers below correspond with those in the top two pictures - click to enlarge)...
1. Wall panels.
Davide Brivio: "These are made from ultra-light fibreglass. They are designed not only to look good but also to reduce the collective weight of the materials in the box. This is a major consideration because it helps us to reduce transport costs for the overseas races."
Marc Canela: "The panels are custom-made by a specialised firm near the team's base in Italy. Once packed into the transportation box they have an overall weight of 450kg."
2. Touch screen weather station.