This, and more, is the life of a Crew Chief. We sat down with the two Crew Chiefs from the Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK Team to find out what goes into a race weekend from their P.O.V – from cutting the riders’ hair, to keeping them at arm’s length. From making big decisions and learning to lead your side of the garage.
So, first thing’s first, what does a Crew Chief actually do? Phil Marron, right hand man to Toprak Razgatlıoğlu, explains: “As a Crew Chief we have a few roles within the team; one would be to organise our crew, so the guys know what they have to do before the session, during the session and after the session. Another key part is to interpret what the rider says during the session, many times we’ll need to translate the riders’ comments into adjusting the bike. Then after the session we work hard to identify any problems and fix them, making sure we’re prepared for the races.”
Whilst many people would love to listen in to know how a rider feels after stepping off their bike, interpreting their comments is perhaps one of the most complex parts of a Crew Chief’s job. “Trust is everything.” States Marron “Every person is unique, but you need to get to know them to know what they want and what they are trying to communicate, it’s the only way to work well together.”
Andrew Pitt, Andrea Locatelli’s Crew Chief agrees: “They trust us and we trust them, that’s the key to it all.”