The motorcycle world championship represents a very particular group of travelers: 18 races per year, seven of which are overseas. Each time, hundreds of tons of materials and equipment have to be set up, dismantled, packed away and then unpacked again. A logistical masterclass.
When a Motorcycle World Championship rider comes to a new race course that was previously unknown to them, this is a delicate ride of discovery. Brad Binder from the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 Team describes how he manages this task.
At nineteen years of age Moto3 racer Karel Hanika has to grow up quickly. The grin, locks and carefree demeanour of the youngster was given leeway in 2014 to learn the ropes of the unforgiving entry category in MotoGP, but as part of the Red Bull KTM Ajo crew for a second year the spotlight is getting warmer.
From almost 200mph to studies of tooth decay: MO brings an unusual lifestyle blend to Red Bull KTM but the Ajo crew could have landed themselves another title contender – meet Miguel Oliveira.
When it comes to Moto3, KTM uses a steel tube chassis, produced by Kalex, to insert the powerful 250cc engine. We visited the light metal specialists, located in Augsburg, and checked what makes the aluminium chassis and engine such a brilliant combination.
If Jack Miller still comes across as feeling a bit awkward in his surroundings as the leading light of the Red Bull Ajo KTM Moto3 team then this is not evident on the track where the 18 year old Australian has set the pace so far in tests leading up to the beginning of the new MotoGP season in Qatar next week.