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We were talking about this on the way down to Indy this past weekend. How in the hell do these teams get all of their equipement from continent to continent? And we aren't just talking motorcycles here. They bring in huge semi trucks with tools, gear, bikes and who knows what else... What do these teams do? Do they own their own jets and put the rigs in the belly of them and fly them all over the world? I have a hard time imagining that they send things over on boat. That would take way too long. And I also have a hard time imagining that the factory teams would allow a boat or air freight company handle their millions and millions of dollars worth of top secret racing equipement. Do they haul all of their shit around in aircraft? Do the teams own their own cargo jets? If so that is fucking awesome. The amount of money that cost has just go to be off the chart.

Can you imagine working at the Indy Airport as a baggage handler and the HRC or Yamaha racing team cargo jet lands and they start unloading semi trucks and who knows what else from the belly of it? That's just mind boggling to me.

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I heard about this somewhere...I guess they do ship everything by commercial airplanes in crates. Maybe not the trucks. Might be the same price to just keep some here?
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No way dude. That takes too long. It would take a month to ship shit over seas on a boat. I'm betting on the air freight. That's suggesting their entire Mulit MILLION DOLLAR program is sitting in the middle of the Pacific or Atlantic right now... That seams pretty risky to me when they could have it all back by now improving it via air. Prove me wrong though because I really want to know how this works.

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Everything gets shipped via air in crates for the races outside of Europe. That is why they call them fly away races. And those are usually grouped together in the schedule. I believe it is all done through commericial air. When the races are in Europe, everthing is transported via team trucks driven by the crew. If you have CDL you are a more valuable crew member. The riders travel in motorhomes.

For the fly away races, I am sure they work with a logistics company (like where my sister works, they relocate people around the world) that handles everything for them. EVERYTHING has to go through customs and get inspected as well. There have been situations where a team's equipment was delayed due to problems with customs. I believe the crew and the riders get to the track seperately from the equipment. Those crates contain everything.


Now, I don't know if I am 100% correct, but that's always how I thought it worked. Check this site, www.motoliam.com and you will get an amazing insight into how these things work and what it is like to be GP crew member.

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What about the race haulers / semis they come to the track in?

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What about the race haulers / semis they come to the track in?
I don't know. Maybe they lease them on the differant continents for use at various times for test, promotional stuff, national and world events. IGN.

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Dorna, the corp that owns moto gp, owns two 747's. everything is crated driven to the airport and thats it. this info comes from Dan Johnson at 4&6 racing. He said each team usually has two crates of nothing but tires. After each race the tires that dont get used are destroyed as well as the ones that do.

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the f1 teams essentially have two sets of all of the track setup stuff. they do use ocean liners as it's much cheaper to sail it than fly it. they just plan ahead for the stuff that needs to be "shipped" and it's ready and waiting for them. I don't know how motogp does it, but it wouldn't be out of the question if it were the same. for f1 they would ship to anywhere in asia, austrailia and N/S america. I believe they drive the trucks straight to everywhere in europe and maybe even the middle east.

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Wow. Just amazing on how much money and resources they use.

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Wow. Just amazing on how much money and resources they use.
I was joking about this at the race. Don't get me wrong, I love this country and have fought for 7yrs to defend her...
but we're basically living in a country where people will use fuel to drive a truck pulling a jet engine that is using more fuel to blow water off a track, just so cars and motorcycles can waste fuel to go around in circles. Then after all that, the thousands of people in the stands drive home, and the teams load up and drive all their trucks out. And for what? A little entertainment?

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That being said, I am one of the guilty ones who drove all the way out there to watch the race, had a blast the whole weekend, and am considering doing it all over again next year.

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I bet they take them apart and put them in crates, both ways
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No way dude. That takes too long. It would take a month to ship shit over seas on a boat. I'm betting on the air freight. That's suggesting their entire Mulit MILLION DOLLAR program is sitting in the middle of the Pacific or Atlantic right now... That seams pretty risky to me when they could have it all back by now improving it via air. Prove me wrong though because I really want to know how this works.
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I was joking about this at the race. Don't get me wrong, I love this country and have fought for 7yrs to defend her...
but we're basically living in a country where people will use fuel to drive a truck pulling a jet engine that is using more fuel to blow water off a track, just so cars and motorcycles can waste fuel to go around in circles. Then after all that, the thousands of people in the stands drive home, and the teams load up and drive all their trucks out. And for what? A little entertainment?
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Oh.

Regardless, I want to tag along with a Moto-GP team and see all of this happen. Can you arrange this for me? PLEEEEEEASE!

Sounds like a better show than another season of "Ice Road Truckers" or "Deadliest Catch".

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I will say that being at the track again reminded me of my summer in '03 when I took 4 months off and traveled with an ALMS Race Team - www.hazardous-sports.com - I took most of the pics for "Event Photos" (tab) in '03 and you can see me in 35 and 36 of Atlanta and in the "Promo Vid" dancing like a fill under the "Video Clips" tab

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I will say that being at the track again reminded me of my summer in '03 when I took 4 months off and traveled with an ALMS Race Team - www.hazardous-sports.com - I took most of the pics for "Event Photos" (tab) in '03 and you can see me in 35 and 36 of Atlanta and in the "Promo Vid" dancing like a fill under the "Video Clips" tab

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That's pretty sweet. Now, get to work on our Moto-GP groupie tour. We will tour and go around to every race and by the end of the 09 season we will be on a first name basis with all of the riders but most importantly the umbrella girls.

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I can't believe you of all people had to ask this question, Nick

Maybe we should just alll buy a CLSB C-130 and make some money off the movement of this stuff!!!
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I like where your head is at with this one, I really do

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which sounds cool and all, but they're all local girls to the track location. so you better work fast.

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The RV's are rentals here. I noticed that when I was getting Collins sig. In air shots of European races you can see the trailers and RV. They have sponsor logos all over them. Here they were just generic Rv's.

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I was just browsing the RRW website and found a whole article about this in their sample electronic issue from March 2008. Here is the link... http://mag1.olivesoftware.com/Active...ndowHeight=718

The article starts on pg. 74. It's not specifially about how MotoGP teams do it, but it does explain the logistics in general.

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I was just browsing the RRW website and found a whole article about this in their sample electronic issue from March 2008. Here is the link... http://mag1.olivesoftware.com/Active...ndowHeight=718

The article starts on pg. 74. It's not specifially about how MotoGP teams do it, but it does explain the logistics in general.
Very good find. Thank you very much!

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