In the race, an intense but smaller drama began as an Italian Kawasaki team prepared to refuel its 500cc H1R. The bike swept into pit lane and stopped. A designated mechanic stepped forward to remove the fuel cap as a second man advanced with the fuel. Just a moment, there’s some problem with the cap. The mechanic tried again, this time wrapping a rag around the shiny but edge-knurled cap for better grip. Nothing.