From a Brembo press release.
Brembo is preparing to start the new season of MotoGP World Championship in the name of continuity and maximum commitment in the development and improvement of brake system components.
The 2016 technical regulation specifies important changes, not allowing the use of aluminum-lithium material for brake calipers. This change implemented during the winter tests is an important development and set-up work of a new family of aluminum brake calipers.
The Championship pre-season tests were particularly aimed to optimize the feeling of individual riders and to achieve the maximum performance consistency with the highly demanding track for brake systems as the Malaysian circuit of Sepang.
Two types of aluminum calipers are available for 2016 season:
- light duty, designed and optimized for use with standard pads;
- heavy duty, conceived specifically for use with high mass pads.
Given the excellent braking power levels achieved by its systems, Brembo has focused to offer to customers an extensive customization of brake systems, deriving from the optimization of specific requirements of riders.
Regarding friction material, both 320mm and 340mm diameter discs are available at high mass (35mm) and low mass (27mm), to guarantee at each track the correct operating temperature and braking torque.
Different types of brake master cylinders satisfy all riders’ requirements and their braking style, both to improve initial bite and increase or decrease stroke and reactivity. Regarding wet discs, thanks to the experience deriving from Superbike Championship, the Italian company offers brake steel rotors of different diameter and thickness, usable without changes at set-up of brake master cylinders.
The MotoGP World Championship begins on March 20, at the Losail circuit in Qatar, and will continue through 18 events to conclude on November 13, at the Spanish Valencia circuit.
This year, all MotoGP World Championship riders has decided to rely on the superior performance, reliability, safety and innovation offered by Brembo, the undisputed world leader in competition motorcycles.
11 riders are using Marchesini forged magnesium wheels
This year also sees Marchesini wheels used by the majority of the teams competing in the premier bike racing series. In this season, due to tire supplier change (from 16.5” wheel size to 17” wheel size) and the introduction of new homologation standards for wheels, Brembo supplies to more than half of riders new forged 17” magnesium wheels, with a weight of about 6 kg per pair.
Marchesini is a Brembo group brand specialized in manufacturing sophisticated forged magnesium and aluminum wheels, with products used by teams winning numerous past editions of the MotoGP and WSBK Championships.