Monday, January 18

MotoGP, Brembo: Secrets of Dovizioso Braking

DETROIT, Mich.–Ranked number one in MotoGP after the first three rounds, Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati couldn’t have started the season any better.

The Italian rider, considered one of the very best brakers in the sport, has 54 points. Not far behind are Valentino Rossi with 51 points, Alex Rins with 49 points, and Mark Marquez with 45.

In December 2018, Dovizioso spent an afternoon in Curno at the Brembo Racing headquarters where the braking components are designed, produced and tested for use in MotoGP, Formula 1, and other international competitions.

Once again, he confirmed what technicians who have worked with him in the World Championship have always said and what has earned him the nickname “rider engineer”: He has a sharp ability to scientifically analyze the behavior of the bike and is skilled at making improvements to the motorcycle, which he has demonstrated with the Desmosedici.

As soon as he entered the showroom, Dovizioso started asking questions about the caliper and brake combinations on display for the Formula 1 single-seaters and prototypes.

He continued to ask the engineers questions inside the plant. where the MotoGP brakes are produced. “I saw a lot of precision and a level of engineering that I imagined existed but didn’t believe until I saw it. The amount of checks and the serious approach to work and materials is intense, which makes sense because braking is an essential aspect of racing.”

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