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GP Week : Issue 12
M oto GP Insight >> with it; move the rear wheel forward, by moving the pivot forward and/or shortening the swinging arm. Almost an inch up front, even more at the rear, shortening the whole package. Working with ‘machine settings’, indeed. But there is also a human element, and again it is Yamaha that shows how this can help things go wrong. Rossi’s weight-back short- bike settings were passed on to the other riders, firstly Edwards and then (during practice in France) Lorenzo. They ride on Michelins, but in one of those bike racing quirks, both found the bike better overall. Just Toseland was out of the loop. Why? Because, earlier in the season, he had tried the short swing-arm, and came straight in and said he didn’t like it. Just like that. Bad choice of words. Should have said: “Interesting – like to try it another time.” “Don’t like it” was duly registered, and the whole thing crossed off the double Superbike champion’s unofficial factory parts list. So when it came round again at Le Mans, he didn’t get one. Not until right at the end, when all the others had already reinforced the point that it actually worked. That’s the way parts management can work sometimes. And machine settings. Guess that’s why the spend so much time working on them. 47