Those are three of the basics of MotoGP. They’re also watchwords at DEWALT. When the two came together at Phillip Island in 2017, the world stopped to watch and listen.
Australia’s MotoGP is one of the world’s best. That’s according to riders, organisers and spectators. Every eye turns to the stunning world-championship motorsport racetrack for the second-last round of the world’s biggest motorcycling championship, often decided on the edge of Bass Strait each November. The MotoGP circus is a week-long festival for fans who revel in the atmosphere of risk and elite athleticism, not to mention the spectacle of one of the world’s biggest sporting shows. Only the very toughest, fastest and most consistent can survive in this environment, and that’s not only the riders. It’s the support teams and logistical managers as well. Oh, yeah. If you want to cut it in MotoGP, it’s not enough to be just ‘good’. You have to be the best.
Close to the edge
DEWALT’s involvement in the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team has made a massive impact on the tracks of MotoGP. When Johann Zarco hit the track in Qatar, people looked on in awe and struggled to catch their breath as the seemingly unknown rookie slingshotted his DEWALT-sponsored Yamaha to a devastating lead, leaving the big names in his wake. That set the tone for the Frenchman’s season. He constantly led races in the early stages, only to fall back with tyre or other performance issues. But with each race he kept his Tech 3, DEWALT-sponsored Yamaha closer and closer to the front. By the time the lights went out to start the Phillip Island round he was acknowledged as a serious contender for a future world championship, taking an incredible second place, less than half a second behind the winner. Blazing from Zarco’s fairing throughout the entire mind-boggling year was the DEWALT logo. And as the team swarmed over the bike to make the precise, carefully engineered adjustments which make the difference between the winners and losers in MotoGP – often thousandths of second – it was DEWALT tools and equipment they relied on.
Look to the future
DEWALT will continue to support MotoGP, and will continue its association with the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team. That’s because not only does DEWALT make sure it leads the field in whatever it does, but also because DEWALT looks to the future, and the future of MotoGP – and DEWALT – will clearly make a superstar of Johan Zarco.
DEWALT drew big crowds last year at Phillip Island with the finals of the Drive 5 Championship series. Sorting the boys from the men, DEWALT took the top three finalists from the year’s events, drilling five screws into a piece of timber in the shortest time possible. The battle for the top podium position was hard work, but left Nathan Fidler on top, riding off with his very own DEWALT Suzuki RMZ450. Think you’ve got what it takes? Keep an eye on www.dewaltdrivefive.com and give it a go in 2018.