Forcada through the eyes of its four heroes

Four exceptional racers and world champions who have worked with Ramon Forcada explain what the Spanish technician means to them and to the MotoGP circuit.

Although it may seem like one of many, to those who have lived in the MotoGP circuit for many years, the absence of one of the most beloved, admired and respected people on the circuit was strongly felt at the Aragon Grand Prix: Ramon Forcada, who was not yet present at Motorland more than Three decades without missing a weekend.

With the announcement of retirement a season ago Andrea DoviziosoThe career of the Spanish coach is over at the moment, who has not decided at the age of 65 between retirement or some upcoming offers to him to continue in 2023.

“It must be something interesting, something new that motivates me,” Furcada confirmed, when asked by the author of these lines in Misano if he wanted to continue working. Whether he stayed in the track or not, his last San Marino Grand Prix was of the highest caliber, as a track engineer for a top rider, and the last to work with him.

Forcada, who made his debut in 1989 with Alex Crivillé in the 125cc World Championship, has worked with many good riders during his more than thirty years. Let’s talk about pilots of the caliber of John Kuczynski, Alex Barros, Carlos Chica, Casey Stoner or Jorge Lorenzo, who was with him from 2008 to 2016 at Yamaha. There he held three MotoGP world titles, as well as 44 First Class victories. In the final phase of his career, Forcada was in the Maverick Vinales pits, Franco Morbidelli And Andrea Dovizioso.

Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing and Ramo Forcada

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In addition to his convenience, spoke to some of the world champions who worked with him to understand what the Spanish coach was like and what he meant for their career. “For me, Ramon is a very smart person, with a great personality and a great personality, in terms of commentary for me, he is the best,” said Jorge Lorenzo of Forcada.

“He was also someone with a lot of resources, a lot of experience and a lot of intelligence, and he always found a solution to everything. Sometimes too much, I remember sometimes getting him into trouble and trying to change the bike. At times we had to sit back and stop that dynamic a little bit. But in general, and especially in terms of suspension, he is one of the best Spanish technicians in history”, recalls the five-time world champion.

The other world champion, in this case in Moto2, passed by Forcada is Italian Franco Morbidelli, who along with the Catalan, in 2020, took second place in MotoGP with Yamaha out of production. “Ramon, in my opinion, was the best technical director in history, a very important figure for this circuit, he can teach a lot to a lot of people,” Morbidley said.

“The truth is, I feel bad about never seeing him here again. Besides being a great technician, he’s an excellent person and I’ve always enjoyed working with him. If I never saw him in the ring again it would be one thing I wouldn’t love at all.”

Forcada, Franco Morbidelli, Petronas Yamaha SRT

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By Yamaha’s decision, when Morbelle switched from the satellite team to the factory team last year, the two separated. Since then the Italian could not stand on his feet again, which did not prompt him to try to get him back: “No, the story with Ramon is over. She was very beautiful, but it is over. “

Maverick Vinales He arrived at Yamaha in 2017 to replace Lorenzo, inheriting a large part of his technical team. The current Aprilia rider, Moto3 champion in 2013, won his first race in Qatar, the M1 and the second and fifth, topping the world championship. However, things went badly for Mack and Ramon, and although they did manage to finish third in the championship in 2018, they ended up with Forcada on the Petronas Space Team, now RNF.

“I spoke with him in Misano and personally I believe and hope he hasn’t left yet, and that next year he will be offered something nice to continue working here. For me, Ramon is one of the top three technicians in the ring,” said Viñales. “In my time with Ramon, I learned a lot, especially about setup, he explained the bike details well, and made me understand how the Yamaha works. I think Ramon can be very important for those who are starting out, a young rider with a certain prominence,” he recommends.

“There were three or four rinks where Ramon was able to do something with the setup and the bike was amazing, I don’t know what’s incredible about it. At Le Mans, I remember telling me not to worry, he was going to take care of the adjustments. And that we were flying like a plane. Ramon knows A lot, he has a lot of experience ”, admits the Spaniard, who, despite the fact that the professional relationship with Forcada did not end well, “Personally we have always been on good terms.”

Race winner Maverick Vinales, Yamaha Factory Racing, Ramon Furcada, Yamaha Factory Racing

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Another world champion, in this case at SBK, is Carlos Checa. Spagolo worked with Forcada in 1995, and curiously ended his career always with him at LCR, in 2007, the year he replaced Casey Stoner on the Honda Aerospace Team, and the season previously hired by Danny Amatriain to join Lorenzo at Yamaha.

“I had a very special relationship with Ramon, when the World Championships started in 1994 I already knew him and the following year, when I switched to the Sito Pons 250cc team, I was already with him. The working relationship continued as well. I switched to 500cc for two more seasons, and the thing What’s cool is that in my final year in MotoGP (2007), with Lucio Chicinello, I was with him again, what made me accept the offer was that there was Ramon and an excellent group of mechanics, I knew,” Chica explains his relationship with Forcada.

“When he started, Ramon was very introverted technically, but he was able to evolve and work a lot. Last year I saw a technician who knew how to work perfectly with a jockey. Ramon knew very well how to channel the emotions and sentiments of the riders to interpret and apply them to the technical department. And that It’s critical for an engineer, because this is a very technological sport, but it’s also a very emotional sport, and being able to mix both aspects is what makes Ramon special,” Chica said.

“One of the best features of Ramon was that he was able to understand, motivate and accompany the pilot and always stay strict and solid in his way, without making changes to please the pilot. He was always able to keep the line of work and this is what made him a technically so successful.”

“Ramon will miss the circuit very much. He is someone you can talk to about everything and any period on a technical level, with tremendous knowledge. Forcada, without a doubt, is one of the great sages of the motorcycle world,” said the current TV commentator.

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