When you’re running an event on a global stage, everything and everyone must work together seamlessly. For Dorna, the organisers of the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship, the right equipment is key to maintaining timely logistical operations and ensuring the racing teams can provide great entertainment for spectators and fans around the world.
The success of a race weekend begins with the offloading of Dorna’s lorries, which transport all their equipment from circuit to circuit. “There’s a lot of people involved in packing and unpacking,” says Robert Berenguer, Logistics Director, Operations Department at Dorna Sports. “The lorries carrying all our equipment arrive on Sunday evening or Monday morning of race week, and then all hands are needed to get everything offloaded and to get the infrastructure in place long before any teams or fans set foot in the circuit.”
As the designated forklift supplier to MotoGP™ during 2017, Yale Europe Materials Handling provided the Championship with a range of lift trucks of varying lifting capabilities to enable the logistics team to transport the equipment to exactly where it needed to be in a timely, easy and safe manner.
Yale steps up to the challenge
From the movement of the racing team’s essential equipment, such as tyres, to the manoeuvring of the fuel that powers the bikes, Yale® lift trucks contributed greatly to the overall success of a race weekend. To add further pressure to the already paramount role that Yale played, there were two important factors that required consideration during the MotoGP™ season: back-to-back events and long-haul races.
Race weekends that occur just a week apart, present a great challenge to Dorna. There is a smaller window of time in which to get everything packed up and shipped off to the next race circuit, before being offloaded again on the other side to the same high standard the Championship sets itself.
“Back-to-back weekends require more flexibility from us as a team. For example, as we were moving from the Czech Republic to the Austrian Grand Prix, the first lorries were ready to depart on Sunday evening,” explains Robert. “We needed to have a team onsite in Austria by Monday morning, so we had people working on both sites – packing up and reloading on one site and offloading at the other.”
The second unique logistical challenge of the MotoGP™ calendar is transporting all the equipment from a European race to a long-haul overseas event. This was the scenario when the Aragon Grand Prix in Spain was followed by the Japanese MotoGP™ event at Motegi circuit, with the cargo having to be flown to Japan.
“European events are quite easy but when it comes to Aragon, we’re not just moving our cargo, but the teams’ equipment to Japan,” explains Robert. “Instead of 15 lorries, it could go up to 50. The lorries are used differently due to the challenges of that event being a European to non-European race.”
To cope with this challenge of additional cargo, Yale provided the Championship with double the usual amount of forklift trucks for the Spanish event to help them keep to their tight schedule.
“We used twice as many forklifts on the Sunday night because we had all the regular processes and work we had to do, plus we delivered the empty crates to the teams for them to pack, which then needed to be picked up again the following day,” explains Robert.
“These are time-critical events, especially when we are transporting items for other teams who all need their equipment at the same time,” Robert states.
Keeping the teams on track
The forklift trucks served a purpose beyond just the needs of Dorna; the teams themselves required assistance in transporting their infrastructure around the paddock.
The teams arguably have the most precious of cargo. Fuel, tyres and even the bikes themselves have to be carefully manoeuvred to the garages. Everything has its own place, meticulously planned in advance, without which it could spell disaster for a rider or a team if a vital component is not exactly where it needs to be at any given moment.
During an event, each team will use a large number of tyres; anywhere up to 36 tyres per rider could be used across a race weekend depending on weather conditions and how far a rider progresses during the qualifying session. Yale forklift trucks were responsible for ensuring the safe and smooth delivery of these slick and wet weather tyres to each team’s garage during an event weekend.
Specialised fuel is also a vital recipe in ensuring that the team’s highly-tuned bikes run at full potential, and is something that needed to be moved around the paddock by the Yale forklift trucks. Great precision and care was taken by the operators when working with the hazardous load. In a busy paddock, attentiveness and high vigilance was always required. Without the timely and safe delivery of the fuel, the bikes wouldn’t be able to get out on the track!
Reliability builds success
The partnership between Yale and MotoGP™ helped to fuel the fast-paced world of motor-racing, working hand-in-hand to deliver productivity and success to the championship.
“Having reliable trucks that both we and the teams could depend on helped us to deliver a great event for the fans,” says Robert. “There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work to produce a MotoGP™ race weekend, from building and kitting out the scrutineering area to fuelling the bikes for their runs. Everything must run like clockwork, and we insist that the equipment we use to deliver this precision matches our high expectations. Having Yale on board provided us with familiar tools, no matter where we were, that we knew could get the job done efficiently and on time.”
For further information on the range of materials handling equipment from Yale visit www.yale.com.