Tom Sykes 2013 World Superbike Champion
Screen used on Suter Marc VDS MotoGP
The Suter Marc VDS MotoGP machine
completed a successful first shakedown
test at the Jerez circuit in Andalucia,
Spain with Marc VDS test rider Damian
Cudlin at the controls.
Haslam, Wind-Tunnel Testing behind
his MRA Screen at BMW's Munich facility
Leon Haslam development testing
his 2011 S1000RR at the BMW World
Superbike team's wind-tunnel near
Munich and optimising his screen
height and aerodynamic riding position.
Simulating riding speeds of up to
150mph and making various adjustments
to body positioning in order to
reduce drag, this information will
be fed back to MRA to allow them
to produce the perfect screens for
Leon and Troy.
“The riding position is a
main factor for the aerodynamic
efficiency of the overall package
of rider and bike. The positions
of the head and the upper body,
of elbows, knees and feet can have
an enormous influence on the drag,
and subsequently on lap times,"
says Rainer Bäumel, Technical
Director Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport.
course, there is not one position
that is the optimum for all riders,
because it all depends on so many
different individual factors, beginning
with height and stature. The intensive
work in the wind tunnel enabled
Troy and Leon to find out what riding
position is the best for them personally.
“At the same time we try to
improve the aerodynamic efficiency
of the bike as much as possible
within the strict technical regulations”,
Bäumel continues. “This
is why we evaluated several different
shapes and positions of the [MRA]
wind shield. We collected a lot
of valuable data that will help
us with the set up of the bike for
the next tests.”.
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MRA's Racing Heritage
Founded by Johannes
and Gerhard Klement in the the early 1980s,
MRA has a true racing heritage. Before focusing
entirely on producing the world's finest
screens, they originally developed and produced
products such as motorcycle fairings, bodywork
and raised pillion seats exclusively for
motorcycle racing and this is how the company
got its name - MRA Klement - from the initials
for Motorcycle Racing Accessories.
as the original inventors of the Double-Bubble
Racing Screen, MRA are proud to continue
their technical partnerships with many racers
at all levels, including Kawasaki MotoGP
Working closely with the Kawasaki factory
team's designers and engineers, MRA supplies
optically and aerodynamically efficient
screens to enhance top speeds, stability
and fuel efficiency, produced from the same
unique, durable - and virtually unbreakable
- material as used in the screens you can
buy for your own bike today.