Thursday 26th November 2015
Triumph for Reynolds at the Moto3 Junior World Championships
A motorcycle manufactured with a Reynolds 631 frame reached the second highest speed at a recent Moto3 Junior World Championships round in Valencia.
The bike, designed and manufactured by graduates of the Monlau Repsol Technical School reached a speed of over 225 Km/h at the FIM CEV Repsol qualifier.
The students tasked Reynolds with providing a high-strength but lightweight, stiff steel to improve the performance of their motorcycle.
Using finite element analysis, the Monlau Repsol School Engineers optimised the frame with Reynolds 631 air-hardened steel which is lightweight yet twice the strength of mild steel.
This was the first time that students from the school had entered a motorcycle that they had designed and manufactured into a competition.
The bike was up against top-level competition with machines manufactured to the same spec as those competing in the World Championships.
The achievement was hailed by school Director-General, Jaime Serrano
“It’s the first time in the history of Repsol Monlau that we have participated with a motorcycle manufactured in the school. Our educational goal is to bring the classroom to the circuit and what better way than what happened in Cheste. A real experience unprecedented for the faculty of the Master of Engineering”.
Delighted with the performance of the bike, frame co-designer Unai Ocaña said:
“We were looking at several alloy manufacturers for the frame and were very keen to talk to Reynolds. They are very prominent in the cycling sector and we wanted to use those qualities on our Moto 3”