Scott Redding tried out some new tech in terms of front brake calipers and disks, and the first feelings are good
The 2021 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship season has got preparations in full swing, as testing continues for some of the Championship contenders at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” in Italy today. As always with testing, technical innovations are on display and no matter how big or small they may seem, the difference can be game-changing. The latest tech update comes from brake manufacturer Brembo, who have brought some new front brake calipers to WorldSBK.
“It’s the first time that Scott tested this brake caliper,” said Franco Zonnedda, Brembo’s WorldSBK Customer Manager. “The weather conditions were good one day one, and he tested the new finned caliper. These are not the best conditions for sure, in Barcelona we will have more severe conditions to test but we are all quite happy. Scott finished the session with the finned caliper and was happy, along with the new finned disks. The finned calipers come from a MotoGP™ version but this is the specific version for WorldSBK. We are confident that the system will work well and that we can give more performance with this system.”
Derived from MotoGP™ technology, the first impressions are good from those who put them to good use on the first day. Scott Redding said: “We had some small things to test but for Brembo, they’re quite big. We had some calipers to help with the temperatures, but we aren’t in 35 degrees to feel the difference, so the performance was the same, which is always good. We just need to see how they are acting in the hotter conditions but first, it is just about making a good shakedown and that’s what we did today, and I was happy with that.”
“The good thing with WorldSBK now is that it is quite close to MotoGP™,” continued Redding. “Some things are being filtered down, which for me is good because I have some experience there from some years ago. I wouldn’t say it helps me, but I already have a feeling for some of these things, and I am happy with that.”
More riders are set to test Brembo’s new tech in the not-too-distant future too, something that will enhance the feeling across the paddock about the new product.
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