Tech Discuss with McMartin Racing Crew Chief Adrian Monti

Tech Discuss with McMartin Racing Crew Chief Adrian Monti

With Mark Bracks

We caught up with McMartin Racing Crew Chief Adrian Monti through the Sydney Motorsport Park ASBK Take a look at.

Adrian Monti is the technical brains behind the McMartin Racing with Okay-Tech Ducati Staff.

After two ASBK titles with Wayne Maxwell within the saddle, the group expanded briefly final yr to incorporate one other three-time ASBK champion, Josh Waters.

Waters settled into the group with aplomb and shortly made his mark by taking out the three assist races and a brand new lap document on the Australian Grand Prix. A few weeks later it was a repeat efficiency for the Mildura native together with when he lowered his personal lap document on the circuit.

With the retirement of Maxwell, Waters is now the only real rider within the groups quest to reclaim the ASBK crown in 2023, and Monti is the person that’s making the technical choices to help Waters in his quest.

Josh Waters within the pits with Wayne Maxwell and Adrian Monti (left) – Picture RbMotoLens

Mark Bracks: Nicely Adrian, please discuss me by the primary day of season 2023.

Adrian Monti: “We had a extremely good day. We have been right here a few weeks in the past on the St George night time assembly the place we ran by a number of issues and located some areas for enchancment. We labored on these yesterday (Tues) and we now have some course and hopefully we are able to transfer ahead at the moment.”

Josh Waters – Picture RbMotoLens

Bracksy: You had a reasonably good bike on the finish of final yr, nevertheless I do know you’re at all times aiming to enhance. What was the main target for you right here and what have been the issues you have been dealing with?

Adrian Monti: “Its just about the identical issues that each rider needs mounted; extra grip and extra really feel, so we’re simply making an attempt to work on other ways to realize that. This can be a completely different circuit, we havent been right here for a number of years, and the monitor was resurfaced in areas between the final time we visited and this check, so were simply making an attempt to know what adjustments that requires to the motorcycle.”

Josh Waters – Picture RbMotoLens

Bracksy: So is it turning okay and gripping okay, as a result of from the 2 completely different surfaces, the brand new would have higher grip than the outdated stuff?

Adrian Monti: “In the mean time, doubtlessly, it’s smoother so I feel its quicker however I dont know if it has extra grip as there isnt a lot rubber down. It obtained higher all through the day yesterday and I feel the occasions have been faster as a result of the monitor was smoother. I feel at the moment everybody will go quicker as a result of there’s extra rubber down every session.”

Bracksy: The place have been your foremost enhancements, as Josh stated yesterday you had six phases to work by. What was essentially the most satisfying?

Adrian Monti: “We discovered somewhat bit extra grip. We had somewhat extra braking stability and now we’re simply working to mix all these collectively and hopefully give him a motorcycle that may do every little thing somewhat bit higher than what it did.”

Josh Waters in the pits with Wayne Maxwell and Adrian Monti - Image RbMotoLens
Josh Waters within the pits with Wayne Maxwell and Adrian Monti – Picture RbMotoLens

Bracksy: Can Josh be a bit aggressive on the bike and never let the Ducati work the way in which it needs, in comparison with the opposite manufacturers of motorbike he has ridden?

Adrian Monti: “I wouldnt say that, actually. Josh is an especially aggressive particular person and hes at all times making an attempt to offer the utmost that he can, to offer us the most effective suggestions. So he was simply using as exhausting as he may, which I dont have an issue with.”

Josh Waters – Picture RbMotoLens

Bracksy: How a lot have you ever needed to change the bike in comparison with how Wayne was using it?

Adrian Monti: “Final yr was very very related set-up sensible for geometry – the electronics have been utterly completely different – however the geometry and chassis setting they have been very related.”

Josh Waters – Picture RbMotoLens

“We havent been right here with Wayne correctly so we dont have a very good setting for this circuit. Were simply making an attempt different methods to get extra out of the bike.

“Yearly we assessment the earlier yr and see how we are able to enhance – what areas of the bike we have to work on. Were engaged on these, they’re primarily grip and steering.”

Josh Waters – Picture RbMotoLens

Bracksy: Whenever you stated braking stability, is that the way in which you’ve it arrange, is it fairly ‘nose-heavy’?

Adrian Monti: “Not a lot that. We made a reasonably substantial change working into The Bend final yr and Wayne was capable of make much more passing strikes beneath brakes. We noticed within the hairpins he may actually assault everybody, so were making an attempt to hold that ahead however nonetheless keep the identical drive out of the nook and never lose the rear-end grip.”

Josh Waters – Picture RbMotoLens

MB: So Adrian sum up the 2 days?

Adrian Monti: “We had a extremely profitable check. We got here with some issues to work on and we labored on these. We made enhancements in all of the areas we wished to. Weve nonetheless obtained some areas to enhance upon. Weve discovered some options. Weve created some extra issues so well return and have a look at the information, and assessment Joshs notes and see the place we are able to come again right here for spherical two.”

Josh Waters – Picture RbMotoLens

MB: So did you tick all of the packing containers over these two days?

Adrian Monti: “I feel we did. Id say sure. We positively achieved what we wished to in these two days. For us to repeatedly go quicker, or keep the quickest occasions we did because the monitor obtained worse. I feel is all we are able to ask. The monitor obtained hotter, there was much less grip and we nonetheless managed to do 29s in each session so…

Josh Waters – Picture RbMotoLens

2023 ASBK Calendar

2023 ASBK Calendar
Spherical Circuit Location Date
Take a look at Sydney Motorsport Park NSW Feb 1-2
R1 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit VIC Feb 24-26
R2 Sydney Motorsports Park NSW Mar 24-25
R3 Queensland Raceway QLD Apr 28-30
R4 Hidden Valley Raceway NT Jun 16-18
R5 Morgan Park Raceway QLD Jul 14-16
R6 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit VIC Oct 27-29
R7 The Bend Motorsport Park SA Dec 1 – 3