After the ceaseless round of the EICMA show, with its pounding music and impossible scheduling (interviews at 11:30 p.m.?), I was delighted to visit Brembo, the brake-systems manufacturer. Brembo supplies more than 90 percent of the MotoGP paddock, and our connection is Eugenio Gandolfi, the racing engineer from whom we have learned so much over [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Visiting Brembo Inside the research-and-development facilities of one of the best-known names in braking.
Photographer : Mark Wernham
I wanted to know why LCR Honda MotoGP rider Stefan Bradl had switched mid-season from Nissin to Brembo brakes, so I spoke by phone with experienced Brembo engineer Eugenio Gandolfi. He pointed out that if a brake system is more sudden in its application, it is also going to be more sudden when the rider [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Photographer : Andrew Wheeler - AutoMotoPhoto
Reigning MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner has won the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca two years in a row, and both times, the Repsol Honda rider made the winning pass on title-rival Jorge Lorenzo over blind Turn 1. According to Brembo, the Italian manufacturer that currently supplies all but three [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
For me, the greatest thing about being at the races is that the highest technologies are on show there, often attended by the very engineers who created them. This past summer at the Indianapolis Grand Prix, I had the extraordinary privilege of a private tutorial on GP motorcycle brakes, given by veteran Brembo engineer Eugenio [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Boeing’s new 787 “Dreamliner” commercial jet presents novelties beyond the structural carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic that makes up 50 percent of its empty weight. One that caught my eye was electrically actuated brakes—part of a worldwide movement to eliminate service-intensive hydraulic systems from aircraft. I learned that each main wheel’s stack of carbon-carbon brake discs is compressed [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Brembo has combined clutch and front-brake master cylinders with turnsignals in single handlebar-mounted units. Available stateside this spring for late-model European and Japanese streetbikes, LED Body Radial Master Cylinders ($365 per side) use energy-efficient LEDs—Light Emitting Diodes—rather than traditional incandescent bulbs. The high positioning of the master cylinders makes the turnsignals more visible to oncoming [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Brembo Goes Big at EICMA Braking giant shows new calipers, wheels, helmets and LED-turnsignal master cylinders.
Brembo was a headliner at EICMA for many reasons, including having developed the braking system for the motorcycle voted “Most Beautiful Bike of Show” by the 13,800 attendees: the Ducati 1199 Panigale. For the Panigale, Brembo supplied the M50, a Monobloc front brake caliper that is said to be more compact and 6 percent lighter [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Josh Hayes finished a spectacular seventh in his MotoGP debut at the season-ending Spanish Grand Prix. The 36-year-old American completed the 30-lap race just half a minute behind winner Casey Stoner and second-place Ben Spies. Stoner’s Repsol Honda teammate, Andrea Dovizioso, rounded out the podium. A replacement for Tech 3 Yamaha regular Colin Edwards, injured [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Newly crowned 2011 MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner stormed to his 12th pole position of the 18-race season today at the Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo Circuit near Valencia, Spain, equaling the premier-class record set by five-time 500cc World Champion Mick Doohan in 1997. At the other end of the grid, 4.181 seconds back in 16th [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Daytona has a way of expressing itself in extremes. This was the case in 1994 during my inaugural trip to Bike Week as a pro dirt-tracker. The first night at Municipal Stadium, I had an extraordinary qualifying result for the main event. That stellar effort was backed up the following evening by disappointment: I failed [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)