In the MotoGP paddock a number of people from every country come together throughout the season, all united by a great passion: motorcycling. This multiculturalism can also be found in every box. The Repsol Honda Team is a good example of it.
Both Marc Márquez and Dani Pedrosa's team work together every day to create a solid working family, where it is not strange to hear languages like Japanese, English, Italian, and Spanish.
These languages are common during breaks, during breakfast, or in private conversations. But when it's time to work in the box, the team becomes a single, well oiled "machine", and then the most practical option is to use a single language to maintain perfect communication.
Up to five nationalities
Marc's team is made up of people from Spain, Italy, Japan, and Germany. Dani has the same nationalities in his box, as well as Irish mechanic John Eyre.
Of course, it is common to hear the languages from these countries, but at the end of the day the official working language is English.
One of the virtues of this language is its widespread use which allows a German mechanic, such as Emanuel Buchner, to communicate with a Spanish mechanic, like Pedro Calvet. And this is just one example.
The best language: trust
Nonetheless, before any other language, Dani Pedrosa himself recognizes that the key to communication is how well you get know your colleagues, in that trust built on hours and hours of work together.
"Experience gives you that special touch to choose what words to say", Dani explains. He also remarked that communication is an aspect to work on and polish on any team "as we are dealing with people with different languages and cultures".
That is why it is especially important to know how to "put yourself in others' shoes and, from there, help your colleagues understand what you're feeling".