Freddie Spencer & Erv Kanemoto

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At the beginning of the eighties, a young man named Freddie Spencer burst into the World Motorcycle Championship, who was destined to write in golden letters the history of this exciting sport. Freddie, who was an innate rider with the ability to ride any motorcycle fast, had a slight flaw; I didn’t know how to express to the technicians exactly what I really wanted. His was to give gas and little else, since he did not worry almost about the tuning of his motorcycles. So he used to quickly dispatch his mechanics and go straight to his motorhome to watch recorded NBA games and drink large quantities of Dr Pepper, his favorite drink.

At some point between the years 1982/83, his coach Erv Kanemoto was concerned that his rider was not able to convey the sensations he felt while piloting his NS. Desperate, he prepared three bikes with three different configurations and made him go out on the track to test them. When he got to the box, Spencer changed his helmet and started riding again. After concluding the day, Erv Kanemoto was able to reach a conclusion after analyzing the Arai used by Erv: the one that was least sweaty, corresponded to the configuration of the bike that cost the least effort to ride. And therefore, they were the ideal settings to use in the race.

A principios de la década de los ochenta, irrumpió en el Mundial de Motociclismo un joven llamado Freddie Spencer que estaba destinado a escribir con letras de oro la historia de este apasionante deporte. Freddie, que era un piloto con unas dotes innatas para pilotar rápido cualquier motocicleta, tenía un pequeño defecto; no sabía expresar con exactitud a los técnicos qué quería realmente. Lo suyo era dar gas y poco más, ya que no se preocupaba casi por la puesta a punto de sus motos. Con lo que solía despachar rápidamente a sus mecánicos e ir directo a su motorhome a ver partidos de la NBA grabados y beber grandes cantidades de Dr Pepper, su bebida favorita.

En algún momento entre los años 1982/83 su técnico Erv Kanemoto andaba preocupado porque su piloto no era capaz de trasmitirle las sensaciones que sentía pilotando su NS. Desesperado, preparó tres motos con tres configuraciones distintas y le hizo salir a pista para probarlas. Cuando llegaba al box, Spencer se cambiaba de casco y volvía a salir nuevamente a rodar. Tras concluir la jornada, Erv Kanemoto pudo llegar a una conclusión tras analizar los Arai utilizados por Erv: el que menos sudado estaba, correspondía con la configuración de la moto que menos esfuerzo le costaba pilotar. Y por tanto, eran los reglajes idóneos para usar en carrera.

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