It’s not the first time KERS sys­tems have been tried

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If Du­cati are ex­per­i­ment­ing with re­gen­er­a­tive brak­ing, it would not be the first time that such a sys­tem has ap­peared in Grand Prix rac­ing – KTM ran a sim­i­lar de­vice on their 125 machines back in 2008.

A num­ber of rid­ers tested the sys­tem out for the Aus­trian man­u­fac­turer back in the fi­nal days of the light­weight class, with Marc Mar­quez among the rac­ers to take to track with the pro­to­type.

How­ever, the project’s great­est suc­cess came in the fi­nal race of the year, when Ja­panese rider Tommy Koyama utilised the sys­tem to make a light­ning start from fif­teenth to even­tu­ally fin­ish sev­enth.

Fall­ing foul of the rule book, KTM were forced to with­draw the sys­tem be­fore the FIM re­canted and ad­mit­ted that there was no spe­cific rul­ing against it, re­sult­ing in then-team tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Har­ald Bar­tol lash­ing out at the race or­gan­is­ers.

Speak­ing back in 2009, Bar­tol said: “They try to give rac­ing a new green image, and then they ban the tech­nol­ogy to do it. They never ask about the cost. They never ask how it worked. Then after the race they came to in­spect us to see if we were us­ing it. I said to them, you would not even know where to look for it. They are de­stroy­ing young engi­neers with this con­ser­vatism.”

‘ They try to give rac­ing a green image, then they ban the tech’ HAR­ALD BAR­TOL

Mar­quez tried KERS in his 125 years

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