Interview Boost Mobile Ducati | New bikes, team orders?
Interview Boost Mobile Ducati
Josh Waters recently rode the MotoGP support events in the Superbike class on the Boost Mobile Racing with K-Tech Ducati V4 R and cleaned up.
As a last minute replacement for ASBK championship leader Wayne Maxwell, who saw no point in racing the non-championship races, Josh Waters took the reins of the bike and put it straight to the top.
Subsequently, Craig McMartin and the Boost Mobile team with K-Tech decided to field Josh Waters alongside Wayne Maxwell in the final two rounds of the Australian Superbike Championship.
Where are you now with the new Boost Mobile Racing with K-Tech V4R bike build for Josh Waters?
Craig McMartin (Team Owner): “As I’m sure you can imagine Trev, a lot of the road gear is retired for racing in ASBK, and some of that gear goes deep into the build of a modern motorcycle. I realized that taking it back to a bare motor and starting from scratch is the only way to be certain everything is present and accounted for, as well as secured correctly.
“The whole project takes an incredible amount of time, probably a good week. The important thing, from my point of view, is to ensure that everything is done correctly, rather than allocating a fixed time in which it must be completed.”
Other than seating position and bar/control adjustments, what are the biggest differences you can see on the data between how Josh rides the bike at this early stage, versus Wayne?
Do you think having the data from both riders will be an effective tool for riders to adjust their own approach to riding the bike?
Adrian Monti (team leader): “I don’t think two people ride a motorcycle the same way. At this level, trying to tell one rider to ride more like another will never end well either. (laughing)
“We’re focusing on the similarities, rather than the differences between Wayne and Josh, and working together as a team to improve both of their lap times.
“They each have access to each other’s data and of course we will use that to try and get both riders going.”
You’ve no doubt been able to see where Josh could improve his approach and have already taken a few steps to get him and the bike to a spot where they work together well enough on Wayne’s bike to set a new ASBK lap record around from Phillip. Island…
Are you already identifying areas where Josh was faster than Wayne, which could allow Wayne to go even faster?
Adrian: “Iosh did a fantastic job at Phillip Island in both his initial test and the MotoGP weekend. It was amazing to have Wayne there openly offering his knowledge and experience riding the V4R over the past few years, helping Josh adapt and get up to speed quickly.
“From a technical point of view, we looked at how we could improve Josh’s bike after each ride and he worked on adapting it to the characteristics of the Ducati V4R, and like the results proved, the whole team did an incredible job. Riding away from top Superbike riders in Australia on only his second day on the bike is a testament to the extraordinary effort of Josh, and everyone.”
Does the decision to put Josh on the bike have to do with helping Wayne’s quest to successfully defend his title? Presumably putting Josh on a bike that he’s already demonstrated his winning speed on should allow Josh to get between Wayne and Mike, if the cards fall that way where Mike isn’t already in front of the two, too early for team orders…?
Craig: “We are thrilled to have Josh riding our bike and being part of the team. He is there on merit and his performance in MotoGP has been fantastic and he has integrated very well.
“Wayne has chosen this to be his last year racing in ASBK and as a team we will do everything we can to help him win his fourth ASBK title.
“There are still so many races to come and we are not rushing and taking nothing for granted. Our approach will be the same as it always has been, we will treat each day as we have for the past three years and seek to maximize our points against our rivals.”
Do you intend to run the Model 2023 V4 R next season? The engine looks even more special next year, with ‘gun drill’ connecting rods, lighter pistons, more aggressive cams, and perhaps even more important for competition here might be the internal gear changes. of the gearbox…?
Craig: “We would of course like to compete with the Ducati V4R 2023, it will be an updated model and we are sure that Ducati has improved an already fantastic bike.
“But it will depend on funding, but at the end of the day we are a private team buying bikes from a dealer, like anyone on the street. At the moment we have a pretty big funding hole for 2023 and we have to fill it before we can even run.
“If there is anyone reading this who would like to see us on the grid next year please contact me, we would love to discuss having you as a partner.”
Your team in particular has spoken refreshingly in favor of a control MoTeC ECU for ASBK, despite the fact that you already have what is arguably the best electronics package available via the Ducati-appointed Magneti Marelli package, which could actually be disadvantaged by using MoTeC. Are their significant issues in how the MoTeC package has been limited in its capabilities by Motorcycling Australia via areas of functionality that are locked in mandated firmware approved by MA and authorized in the MoTeC
Adrian: “An electronic package alone does not win races, if it did the Ducati would have finished 1-2-3 in every race for the past two years.
“There were very few people who talked about the ASBK Motec firmware lock. One of them was Anthony (West), I spent a day with him at Phillip Island working on the settings from the ECU and I showed that the problem was not the firmware, it was the settings that were in his ECU that were causing the problems I understand he also rode Daniel’s (Falzon) bike recently and I understand that he also had a good experience with this Locked complaint is now history.”
Outside of electronics, do you think the ASBK rules are in pretty good shape now, what would you like to change? Some mentioned that allowing more affordable aftermarket rims and opening up restrictions on changing radiators could be helpful moves to help reduce overall costs. What do you think of these proposals?
Craig: “This is a great question Trev and something close to my heart, especially since we are a privately funded team.
“Most production radiators are not capable of maintaining reasonable temperatures when the bikes are used in competition and there have been cases where engines from various manufacturers have been replaced prematurely due to overheating.
“There is an expense to buy a race radiator, but it is much less than replacing an engine or traveling to Darwin and not finishing the race because your engine overheats.
“The wheels are similar, a set of stock wheels for our bike is $6,979, a comparable set of aftermarket wheels made of the same material is $3,814. That’s a savings of 45% per set, considering of the spares we carry, that would be a saving of just over $18,500, we could buy a few heaters for that.
“If these two were allowed together, it would result in safer oil and water temperatures, which would result in longer engine life as well as lower costs, that’s a winner- winner.”
Thanks for your time guys, see you on the island in a few weeks then when it’s all over maybe for a beer at The Bend.
“Listen, listen, thanks for contacting Trev.”
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ASBK Calendar 2022
|Round 1 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC February 25 – 27|
|SBK, PTSD, SS300, R3 Cup, OJC, SBK Masters|
|Round 2 Queensland Raceway, Ipswich QLD 18 – 20 March|
|SBK, PTSD, SS300, R3 Cup, OJC, Sidecars|
|Round 3 Wakefield Park Raceway, Goulburn NSW 22 – 24 April|
|SBK, PTSD, SS300, R3 Cup, OJC, Australian Race Cars|
|Round 4 Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin NT June 17 – 19|
|* With Supercars – SBK only|
|Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick QLD August 5 – 7|
|SBK, PTSD, SS300, R3 Cup, OJC|
|Round 6 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Cowes VIC 18 – 20 November|
|SBK, PTSD, SS300|
|Round 7 The Bend Motorsport Park, Tailem Bend SA 25 – 27 November|
|SBK, PTSD, SS300, R3 Cup, OJC|
|ASBK Night of Champions Dinner – The Bend November 27|