Source: Brembo post

CERVESINA, Italy — There is a secret to Brembo’s ability to create increasingly advanced braking systems that set the highest possible standards, time after time: every year, the company invests a significant proportion of its turnover – five percent – in Research and Development (R&D), an area in which 10 percent of its staff are engaged.

In order to be perfect, a braking system must pass the most stringent tests, carried out under all conditions, including the most extreme. For this reason, Brembo dedicates around 350,000 man-hours every year to bench testing and around 200,000 man-hours to road testing – an extraordinary amount of time, which enables Brembo to achieve excellence.

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With the support of FMI experts, Brembo’s R&D team spent seven days engaged in a range of extremely demanding activities and exercises designed to further improve their professional skills.

For the Brembo test riders, it was extremely valuable to be able to put themselves through their paces in the various tests, not only in order to increase their already extensive skills in the saddle, but also to help them to understand the neurophysiological mechanisms that lie at the heart of riding a motorcycle, particularly in critical situations. ​

The course, therefore, provided a full immersion into the world of motorcycling. During the first two days, the Autodromo di Cervesina racing circuit was the star of the show, as the riders began with practice sessions on the forecourt before progressing to several sessions on the track. The technicians and test riders subsequently moved on to the Verolanuova facility for motocross testing, and then to Stezzano for training on roads open to general traffic.

Finally, the week was brought to a close at the Tavullia Motor Ranch, home to the VR46 Riders Academy, where an intense day of Flat Track riding was held, concluding a week of hard but satisfying work for the Brembo test riders and the FMI technicians.