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Insight - Part1: Logistical Organisation
Posted by: newsla on Mar 26, 2014 - 06:09 PM
Insight - Part1: Logistical Organisation

As the lights on the starting grid turn green on a Sunday, a flurry of excitement descends upon the motorsport planet who become captivated for 45 solid minutes as adrenaline levels soar for everyone, watching the most entertaining two wheeled motorsport series on the planet. However, what needs to be undertaken ‘behind the scenes’ to ensure this happens 18 times a year?


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The Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team aims to shed light on the actions and endeavours that take place for a Grand Prix race operation before a wheel has even been turned. This documentary series entitled ‘Insight’ will offer inside information, introduce key members of the team, cover various aspects of the business, and examine routines which have to be undertaken to race. There is no better way to begin this exciting and innovative series than illustrating the coordination required to move the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Teamd the Tech3 Racing Moto2 Team from one international race circuit to another, both inside Europe and for ‘Flyaway’ races.

The highly anticipated 2014 MotoGP World Championship season begins with three ‘Flyaway races’, where all of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team’s equipment must be packed into highly robust but light, flight cases and flown to the destination. The organisation of the shipments of the team’s crates is facilitated by working in conjunction with the championship’s official partner, called SEL (sports & events logistics) who have taken care of the oversea transportations for MotoGP teams since 1996. Both Tech3 teams load their specific motorcycles, wheels, pit box complex’s, spare parts and rider equipment as well as everything else which is necessary for racing into specifically build flight crates. Each crates suits the specific need of its content in dimension and safety.

The Tech3 Racing Moto2 Team uses 7 flight cases amounting to 2500kg, whereas the Monster Yamaha Tech3 MotoGP team uses 25 with a total of 8200kg in weight. Generally, it can be said that the larger the team, the higher the number of flight cases, with Factory MotoGP teams potentially using as many as 40-50 and a two rider Moto3 team only requiring 3 cases.

The courier trucks then proceed to collect the fully loaded MotoGP and Moto2 Tech3 cases from the team’s headquarters in southern France, and transfer them to the relevant airport. However, the MotoGP bikes are shipped from Japan at the beginning at the season and meet the other equipment at the track.

The flight cases are then loaded onto specifically assigned planes, which transport the equipment to the country of the where the racing event will be held. Once grounded, the flight cases are then immediately transferred to the circuit via trucks, where they are deposited for the Tech3 team to unpack when the they arrive. After the racing has finished, everything is reloaded into the cases and transferred to the airport before flying back via the freight airplanes to the next flyaway race.

Other racing products such as race fuel and the tyres, that will be used by the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team are distributed to the destination by sea and are shipped 2 or 3 months in advance for flyaway races. This kind of organization requires meticulous planning and organisational skills, but thanks to the professionalism of SEL, the teams’ equipment arrives at the track ready for the weekend’s world famous racing.

All machinery and items are grouped together as much as possible for the flyaway races for the season. When travelling from one race to another, the Tech3 flight cases are collated together with the additional MotoGP team’s 600 with 200-300 further cases for Dorna, which together weight a colossal 320 tonnes in total. The crates are loaded into three specially assigned, freight airplanes with one plane for MotoGP, one for Moto2/Moto3 and one for Dorna.

For European races, the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team and the Tec

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