The highly anticipated 2014 MotoGP World Championship season begins with three ‰Û÷Flyaway races‰Ûª, where all of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team‰Ûªs equipment must be packed into highly robust but light, flight cases and flown to the destination.
The organisation of the shipments of the team‰Ûªs crates is facilitated by working in conjunction with the championship‰Ûªs official partner, called SEL (sports & events logistics) who have taken care of the oversea transportations for MotoGP teams since 1996.
Both Tech3 teams load their specific motorcycles, wheels, pit box complex‰Ûªs, spare parts and rider equipment as well as everything else which is necessary for racing into specifically build flight crates. Each crates suits the specific need of its content in dimension and safety.
The Tech3 Racing Moto2 Team uses 7 flight cases amounting to 2500kg, whereas the Monster Yamaha Tech3 MotoGP team uses 25 with a total of 8200kg in weight. Generally, it can be said that the larger the team, the higher the number of flight cases, with Factory MotoGP teams potentially using as many as 40-50 and a two rider Moto3 team only requiring 3 cases.
The courier trucks then proceed to collect the fully loaded MotoGP and Moto2 Tech3 cases from the team‰Ûªs headquarters in southern France, and transfer them to the relevant airport. However, the MotoGP bikes are shipped from Japan at the beginning at the season and meet the other equipment at the track.
The flight cases are then loaded onto specifically assigned planes, which transport the equipment to the country of the where the racing event will be held. Once grounded, the flight cases are then immediately transferred to the circuit via trucks, where they are deposited for the Tech3 team to unpack when the they arrive.
After the racing has finished, everything is reloaded into the cases and transferred to the airport before flying back via the freight airplanes to the next flyaway race.