How do they prepare?
Physical training with more clothes on
Training during the hottest hours of the day
On the track
More liquids and a special diet
More ventilation in their clothing
Carrying half a litre of water in their jumpsuit’s pouch
DID YOU KNOW?
- A MotoGP rider loses somewhere between 1.5 and 2.5kg in each race.
- In drier conditions, they can cramp up or find it hard to concentrate.
How does it affect the engines?
Air expands when it is hot, so there is less oxygen in the cylinders. That means less fuel will enter the tank, meaning a slight loss of power.
And everything else?
Carbon discs require certain temperatures. Anything below or above that and they won’t work correctly.
In extreme heat, as much of the disc as possible is left in contact with the air.
With a lot of heat, grip decreases and tyre temperature increases.
With less gripping power, tyres slip more and overheat. This can damage them.