rhythm sections that maybe 10 people
in the world can handle properly.
These guys change out their frames
at the halfway point of the season and
change clutches before each main.
Every machine is broken down part by
part after an event until it is just a bare
chassis and a motor on the bench. It
then gets dismantled and every single
piece inspected or replaced, depending on the demands and loads put
on it. And trickery abounds. Every
team’s suspension components are
full works (prices starting at 10K for
the fork), hand-assembled and totally
state of the art. Factory linkage, lowering devices both fore and aft and, of
course, weight all play a major role in
the movie. Air forks are being used by
Suzuki, Kawasaki, Honda and KTM.
Both Trey Canard and Eli Tomac run KYB on their Hondas. Sources tell us that the KYB air fork is much plusher than the
Showa, and it took the Honda from okay to one of the best-handling bikes on the circuit. Both factory Honda and Geico run
Yosh twin exhausts and the rear lowering link used for squatting the bike out for starts.
The Team Yoshimura Suzuki and the Soaring Eagles machine of Roczen are virtually
identical. Roczen’s team uses some linkage parts that they make in-house and some
additional data acquisition, but effectively the chassis, suspension pieces, wheels
and tires are identical and full factory. The GET system is for data acquisition only,
and both teams run the KTM throttle body with the bottom-mounted injectors. This
mates to an ECU developed at the factory level.