Brembo unveils the 2019 British MotoGP


 An in-depth look at the premium class' use of braking systems on the Silverstone circuit


The MotoGP is back on the Silverstone track for the 12th race of the season for August 23 to 25.

Built after World War II on an abandoned airport, the track is located just outside the town of Silverstone (currently 2,100 inhabitants) and was the stage for the inaugural GP race in the 1950 World Formula 1 Championship.

The World Championship bikes didn't arrive until 1977 because the British MotoGP had previously been held on the Isle of Man.

The track used by the MotoGP bikes measures 5.9 km (3.7 miles) long, which makes it the longest circuit in the World Championship.

Another distinguishing feature of the track is the rain that falls at least once over the course of the weekend.

In 2015, the rain influenced the race that Valentino Rossi won and the year after, the Q2 was run under an out-and-out cloud burst.

While the MotoGP riders have relied on steel discs when it rained in the past, that doesn't necessarily mean they'll do so again this year.

​As demonstrated in 2017 on Misano and Motegi, Brembo's latest generation of carbon discs seem to work well on a wet track too.



According to Brembo technicians, who assist 100% of the 2019 MotoGP pilots, Silverstone Circuit is fairly demanding on the brakes.

​On a scale of 1 to 5, it earned a 3 on the difficulty index, the same score given to the Misano, Buriram and Valencia tracks where races are still to be contested this year.


The demand on the brakes during the GP

Out of the 18 corners on the circuit, there are 10 braking sections.
On seven of these, the brakes are used for more than three seconds.
On one full lap, the MotoGP riders apply their brakes for 34 seconds, which totals 11 minutes over the course of the entire race.

In other words, each bike travels a total of 33km (20.5 miles) with the braking system at full throttle. Summing up all of the force applied by a rider on the Brembo brake lever from the starting line to the checkered flag, the result is about 800 kg (1,764 lbs), which, practically speaking, comes to a force of 20 kg (44 lbs) for every minute of the race.

The average peak deceleration of the MotoGP bikes on this track is 1.11 G, a value that would be higher without the three corners where the deceleration measures just 0.6 - 0.7 G.

​In spite of this, the average deceleration of the MotoGP bikes at the British GP is higher than the 0.1 G of a Tesla Model X.


The most demanding braking sections

Of the 10 braking sections at Silverstone Circuit, three are classified as very demanding on the brakes, four are of medium difficulty and the remaining three are light.

Even though it isn't where the bikes brake for the longest distance, the Stowe corner (turn 7) is the most challenging as far as the effort required by the riders and the braking system.

To reach a delta of 201 km/h (125 mph), going from 326 km/h (203 mph) to 125 km/h (78 mph), the load on the lever weighs 5.5 kg (12.1 lbs) and the pressure on the Brembo HTC 64T brake fluid reaches 11.8 bar.

The Brooklands corner (turn 16) is where the riders brake the longest in terms of distance (269 meters, 883 feet) and time (5 seconds).

The MotoGP bikes slow down from 294 km/h (183 mph) to 104 km/h (65 mph) by applying a 5 kg (11 lbs) load on the lever, while the pressure on the Brembo brake fluid reaches 10.7 bar.

For both of these and for the Copse corner (turn 1), the average peak deceleration is 1.5 G.

​The riders enter the corner after the starting line going faster (143 km/h, 89 mph) than what is recorded for the other two corners, which is why the brakes are only used for 3.5 seconds.



Brembo performance

In the last 5 editions of the British MotoGP, five different riders won and another 3 stood on the podium, all of them equipped with Brembo brakes.

Two years ago Ducati earned the checkered flag with Andrea Dovizioso. The last to win two years in a row was Jorge Lorenzo with Yamaha and Brembo brakes.