In modern MotoGP we continually hear of electronics, as ifsomething akin to magic could turn a mediocre pilot into a daredevil. As it often happens, reality is quite different: in racing, nothing is left to chance, nor does it come out As if by magic. Each result comes as a result of a long process -its details painstakingly researched - and success happens when each piece (the bike, the rider, the team, a bit of luck) slots into its proper place. Oscar Bolzonella is the details guy. Races are in his life since 1992, when he started with Aprilia Racing. Since than he has worked with dozens of riders, first as Mechanical Engineer and later, since 1997, as Chief Suspension Engineer.
“Surely things have changed compared to a few years ago. Now the system control greatly affects the behavior of the bike, including the suspensions. The truth is that today you have to start from a good basis,overall, both on a mechanical and electronic base. Let’s say 80%. The difference is then made by the details, but without a good starting point it is impossible to even start.“