Tom's Tech Treasures: A Close-Up View Of The MotoGP Bikes At The Jerez Test - Part 1

Thomas Morsellino is a French freelance journalist and photographer, with keen eye for the technical details of MotoGP bikes. You may have seen some of his work on Twitter, where he runs the @Off_Bikes account. As Peter Bom is taking a break, David Emmett has stepped in to add some background information to Tom's photos.
After every race, MotoMatters.com will be publishing a selection of Tom's photos of MotoGP bikes, together with extensive technical explanations of the details by Peter Bom. MotoMatters.com subscribers will get access to the full resolution photos, which they can download and study in detail, and all of Peter's technical explanations of the photos. Readers who do not support the site will be limited to the 800x600 resolution photos, and an explanation of two photos.


Honda RC213V steering damper
David Emmett: Honda have switched the location of their steering damper to above the tank. It's a conventional damper (the rules say electronic control of the steering damper is not allowed), but it has been relocated because of the change to the air intake, which now goes straight through the steering head.


Joan Mir’s Suzuki GSX-RR
David Emmett: This is the 2018 version of the chassis. The later version doesn't have the carbon sections glued to the upper part of the frame. Suzuki staff said that working with the carbon sections had allowed them to work on varying stiffness, and they weren't needed any longer.


Honda RC213V 2019 with the torque sensor and the 2D radio sensors for tire pressures


Yamaha have been working with different tanks during Valencia and Jerez Tests.


Gyroscopic sensor (hidden), two wheel speed sensors, one disc temperature sensor (Ducati)


The specially customized tank for Jorge Lorenzo's Honda RC213V


Another view of the customized tank for Lorenzo's Honda


Honda RC213V new aero fairing (Jorge Lorenzo)


Track temperature sensor on Marquez’s RC213V


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Comments

Great images and excellent descriptions. Thanks.

David, your site continues to inform and entertain.

Thanks these are very good.

I've never seen or heard of a track temperature sensor on the bike before, very trick.

Are there any detailed pics of the carbon rear disc MM93 was using at some rounds?

pure factory unobtanium!