Tom's Tech Treasures: A Closer Look At The Bikes At Motegi

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. Peter Bom is a world championship winning former crew chief, with a deep and abiding knowledge of every aspect of motorcycle racing. Peter has worked with such riders as Cal Crutchlow, Danny Kent, and Stefan Bradl. After every race, will be publishing a selection of Tom's photos of MotoGP bikes, together with extensive technical explanations of the details by Peter Bom. 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.

Nakasuga’s YZR-M1 exhaust from above
Peter Bom: Exhaust configuration is vital for both power and engine character. Yamaha is using a four-into-two-into-one exhaust combination. Don’t be surprised if next year we see a different exhaust on the M1.

Winglets on GP18 (Dovizioso)
Peter Bom: The base of the winglet is integrated into the skin of the fairing to minimize air turbulence.

Suspension kit, harder or softer depending on the conditions and riding styles

When winglets are needed, just fit them on the fairing

Cooling system on the KTM Moto2 (Ajo) for Motegi and its hard braking points

Neutral push lever for seamless gearboxes (KTM RC16)

Valentino Rossi’s dashboard

System to cool down the water on a Kalex bike (Marc VDS).

Brake pressure and travel sensors on Katsuyuki Nakasuga's Yamaha M1

Tito Rabat’s calipers (used by Xavier Siméon)

Ventilated front mudguard on the RC213V

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I would love to know, does the Ducati exhaust have that blue colouration as a result of the welding process, or is it a deliberate addition? I'd also love to know if they're Inconel like F1 exhausts or made of something else.