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Pigeon January 8th, 2010 08:17 AM

Engine restrictions ‘daunting’ says Jerry Burgess

By Matthew Birt -

MotoGP

08 January 2010 10:39

Valentino Rossi’s legendary crew chief Jerry Burgess has admitted planning to use only six engines for the entire 2010 MotoGP world championship is a ‘daunting task’.

Under cost-cutting measures for next season, Rossi and his premier class rivals will only be able to use six engines for the 18-round series.

Not only does the new rule present a massive challenge to Japanese engineers, with engine life needing to be at doubled to at least 1500 miles, but Aussie Burgess reckons it creates a major planning headache too.

“The only thing I find difficult with the rule is that I have to be planning the last race in Valencia before is tart the first race of the season and never before have I had to look at the end of the season before the first race and that I find a daunting task.

"It means that you will be trying to bank an engine, use some miles on something else, so that you have engine in the bank if you need a fresh engine.”

Burgess, who has masterminded all of Rossi’s seven MotoGP world titles, said the key target for engineers in 2010 would be extracting as much horsepower as possible out of a motor without sacrificing reliability.

He added: “The challenge for the engineers is make an engine for top horsepower over three races.

"There is no issue if we can maintain performance and reliability over three races, but if we get better power when we put in a fresh engine, there is an optimum engine performance and then it tapers off."

mcn

bonnielass January 8th, 2010 11:55 AM

We were saying this last year, that is not many engines, I would still like to know how many they used to use, however I think Jerry Burgess's team is the best team to crack it.

I think it will be hilarious if halfway through the season everyone turns round and say's they can't continue, that would really stuff dorna!

Pigeon January 8th, 2010 12:08 PM

<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (bonnielass @ Jan 8 2010, 08:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>We were saying this last year, that is not many engines, I would still like to know how many they used to use, however I think Jerry Burgess's team is the best team to crack it.

I think it will be hilarious if halfway through the season everyone turns round and say's they can't continue, that would really stuff dorna!

hmm Riders Revolt...love it.

was it Sheene/Roberts Vs FIM
Back in time

ryanN January 8th, 2010 12:44 PM

There will be a couple of scenarios that could and will happen this season.
1. Teams will rely heavily on last years data for qualifying and do a "Casey Style" qualifying session. ie, go out for short runs of a couple of laps and try to get a lap in early. Therefore, qualifying will lose its exitment.
2. As what happened to Suzuki, a new engine on race day will put the rider to the back of the grid. Could make for some interesting over taking especially of some of the "alians" are at the back.
3. A crash can do engine damage and if we have another wet season like last year, some riders may not have an engine for the latter part of the season.

Personally, I don't think this was the best option for cost sutting. Another point to consider is:- is it 6 engines per bike, or six engines per rider?


Maybe by the time we get to 2012 we will be well out of the recession and the 990's will be plentyful..... Can't wait to see a lot of power slides again... Yee Haa! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif[/img]

M1fan January 8th, 2010 12:58 PM

<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (bonnielass @ Jan 8 2010, 08:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>We were saying this last year, that is not many engines, I would still like to know how many they used to use, however I think Jerry Burgess's team is the best team to crack it.

I think it will be hilarious if halfway through the season everyone turns round and say's they can't continue, that would really stuff dorna!

I dont know how many engines were used, I guess it varied for many factors. But I do remember JB saying before that they could have easily used six engines in a singe race weekend

Pigeon January 8th, 2010 01:11 PM

<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (johnny @ Jan 8 2010, 09:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>I dont know how many engines were used, I guess it varied for many factors. But I do remember JB saying before that they could have easily used six engines in a singe race weekend

ffs arn't we all right eh.

ENGINE RULES KICKS IN
someone with a engine prob (6th) on friday not on track.hmm

saturday fook that if i'm gonna start last (penalty pending) no show saturday afternoon for them
(gonna safe the new (7th) motor for sunday)

MotoGP Sunday driver Snorefest

Jumkie January 8th, 2010 01:28 PM

<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (johnny @ Jan 8 2010, 01:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>...
I usually don't read shit you say because I'm busy looking at your avi. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif[/img]

gsfan January 8th, 2010 03:42 PM

The engine restriction rule is complete idiocy. Suzuki blew up 13 engines in one race before they got the pneumatic valves worked in. It would have taken them 3 years instead it took one weekend. Sure the bike took a couple of Hoppers boots but that was good theatre IMO.

TP70 January 8th, 2010 11:09 PM

I can just hear the boppers already....

......... only lost the championship because he ran out of engines! whinge whinge

............ only won the championship because his engines were better! whinge whinge whinge

RCV600RR January 9th, 2010 10:53 PM

<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (TP70 @ Jan 9 2010, 07:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>I can just hear the boppers already....

......... only lost the championship because he ran out of engines! whinge whinge

............ only won the championship because his engines were better! whinge whinge whinge
The new engine rule has significant potential to make a decisive mark on the championship. It would be disappointing to see the machine as such an important variable.

Any of the riders could be in the lead, then their engine could go 'bang'.

Are you denying that this rule has the potential to play a major part in the championship?


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