Oh, So This is What a Motorcycle Pitstop Looks Like?

09/10/2012 @ 3:26 pm, by Jensen Beeler6 COMMENTS

Oh, So This is What a Motorcycle Pitstop Looks Like? BMW Motorrad France Thevant EWC Le Mans 635x422

Whether your four-wheeled racing fetish comes in the form of NASCAR or Formula One (maybe you tick the box for “other”?), chances are that you are accustomed to the concept of a pitstop. The idea is a bit lost on motorcycle racing though, as most circuit-racing is done on a single-tank of gasoline, e.g. MotoGP, WorldSBK, AMA Pro Racing, BSB, etc. At road racing events, like the Isle of Man TT though, pitstops become again the status quo, but the nature of the TT fails to bring a certainly level of sophistication to the process — the same cannot be said for the World Endurance Championship.

We already showed you today the oddity of a motorcycle chasing down a headlight on a race track, and we’ll bring you another interesting video from the WEC: a bonafide well-choreographed motorcycle pitstop. Showing us here a nearly textbook refueling, tire change, and rider swap, BMW Motorrad France Team Thevent’s total time in the pitbox was 17 seconds (a few seconds lost to some trouble getting the refueling system hooked up to the bike). Not bad.

With riders Sébastien Gimbert, Damian Cudlin, Erwan Nigon, and Hugo Marchand finishing second in the FIM World Endurance Championship, and third at Le Mans (a crash by Gimbert two hours into the race took the team off its pole-setting pace, and dashed hopes for an outright Championship win), the upstart French team is representing its German brand well. Hopefully they will be back next year to give those boys at SERT another run for their money.

Source: FIM & BMW Motorrad France Team Thevent (YouTube); Photo: FIM

Comment:

  1. David says:

    That was awsome. It takes me like 15 minutes to fill up, what with getting your helmet off, finding your wallet and actually filling up.

  2. Rob says:

    more questions than answers…who tightened the brake caliper mounting bolts?

  3. TexusTim says:

    WOW I want to do that.

  4. TexusTim says:

    they didnt loosen the brake caliper bolts this bike has a different type spacer set up. endurance racing is a blast to watch.

  5. Everett says:

    and the rear cog stays on the swingarm with chain? WTH?

    anyone want to give a full breakdown of the tricks they use for speedy pitstops…

  6. MikeD says:

    What just happened ? ! (O.O) These guys are FAST !