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"Being in a MotoGP team box with a team is a rush.  I've stood with Rossi five feet to my left and Lorenzo five feet to my right but I don't interact with them at all except to stay out of their way as they move around the box.  Except for the team guests, everyone in there has a job to do. The team knows full well you have your job to do - there is one of us in their box at every race.  So they are generally helpful, sometimes friendly, sometimes all business."

 

"My two MotoGP tips:  while not critical, a mechanic's glove for my non-dominant hand is useful in case I need to spin a hot tire on a bike to find the bar code (when they are done with their checks, of course; make sure no mechanics are still diddling with the chain or sprocket) or get to the other side of a tire when it is leaning against a wall.  Yes, the team can always help with that…but I think they appreciate I can do some of this on my own and they can be free to go on about their business.  Also, for Moto3 I carry a very small flashlight.  It can be helpful in reading the engine numbers."

 

"Working Moto2 and 3 tyres can be a hoot.  Since the checks are random you move around a lot and get what scans you can when you can.  It's like a hunt.  The boxes are tight so chasing a tire to the back of the box can become a challenge.  But watch out: since you are often outside of the boxes and these guys are constantly coming in and out where you are.  They often kill their engines when coming in so you can't hear them coming…so you need to keep alert."

 

"For MotoGP you really can't screw up too badly while scanning so relax.  You can scan repeatedly and, at the end of a session especially you have plenty of time…the tire isn't going anywhere."

 

"In the rare chance you stumble across a mis-allocated tire, you've got to keep it aside and in your sight.  You can either raise the attention of one of the other members of the technical team as they walk by (ideally the ones with the headsets who can call it in) or someone will come by and find you eventually."

 

"In tire scrutineering, it turns out your mere presence alone is a very effective deterrent to any shenanigans.  It's not just about the scan."

 

"In MotoGP, because we do fuel checks only once  a weekend we don't get as practiced as we do for tires.  And when you have two sides of a box, and each rider has two tanks, and then they are filling both sides of the box at about the same time,  it feels a little out of control sometimes.  For example, you'll be in the back of a box measuring a tank when another tank gets taken out to the front so you'll lose sight of it for a bit.  Realistically, it is probably not a problem.  If you really suspect something is amiss you can get word to Suzanne and the appropriate IRTA person can look into it."

 

"It turns out that in addition to the team members working on the bike, representatives of the tire manufacturer are also often trying to access tires you are waiting to scan.  Since some of their measurements are about temperature and time-critical, I always let them do their thing first.  Still, it is often possible to sneak in a scan while they are doing their readings."

 

"My experience with those blue jumpsuits is they definitely run small; I always request a size up."