Mikesbytes wrote:Of course we also don't know what's in the salad box, it looks too big simply to be ballast. The theories out there are;
1. Electronics. Moved out there so their prior space can be occupied by something else. If this is the case then why not put half on each side of the exhaust
2. Gyroscopic device. That would make sense that its centered. But how is powered within the rules?
3. Exhaust valve. Don't know much about these, but why only one bank of the V and not both?
And there's the jet exhaust theory too, which is not related to the salad box
I don't have a clue what it is. A place to put some testing datalogging stuff inside was my first thoughts, also maybe they found the aero is better without the exhaust blasting out at the pont where the air is trying to come back together mighr be another. Balast could be possible. Maybe being up heigh and rearward would help the rear come around mid corner from its intertia to want to keep going straight and pitch the bike around the turn. Some weight higher up would also enable the bike to corner with less lean angle for the same cornering speed (lateral g's). This would also directionally help with cornering performance.
Thinking a balast box some more it would be funny if Gigi made it full of water in a way that it would evaporate away and they could run it dry and be underweight during the race and then fill it back up to "normal level" later for scrutineering. This would be picking at a recently added poorly worded rule revision which would be fitting to do for jest.
I do not think it is a gyro, you would need a power source for it and it would not be very effective in that small size. But it could be within the rules. You'd just need to control it independently from the control software/ECU. Make a standalone board signaled off a sound sensor mapped to the engine noise to work from RPM for example.
That said my outside the box idea would be to have a hydraulic reservoir in their and use it to open up the rear swing arm under accerlation to keep the front down and plant the rear tire. It would have to be via a rider controled input like a rear brake foot lever that's otherwise unused. The catch is it could not be a pressurized resivour so it would not be able to make any meaningful amount of swingarm extension.
Here's one section of the rules:
"Adjustments to the suspension and steering damper systems may only be made by manual human inputs and mechanical/ hydraulic adjusters."
But then here's another:
"The use of hydraulic and/or pneumatic pressurized powered systems is not allowed, with the exception of cylinder inlet/exhaust valve springs in the MotoGP class. All hydraulic systems on the motorcycle must be powered only by the rider’s manual inputs"