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Racing in MotoGP at 21ºC

With his glasses slipping down his nose, he gives a quick glance up, before  returning his gaze to the computer screen. The temperature is nice inside the truck, a little climate bubble in the middle of the paddock. Russell Gregory Jordan (UK,1964) doesn’t care if it rains, snows, or if the sun is unbearably hot outside; "It's the best thing about this job, here in the truck I'm always at the same temperature: 21ºC," jokes the Briton who is in charge of controlling the spare parts for Team SUZUKI ECSTAR.

Sometimes the parts are piled up and I barely have space to move

Spare Parts Manager Russell, lives between cardboard boxes and a hive of drawers in a pleasant microclimate, which he only leaves so he can watch the race in the garage. "Sometimes the parts are piled up and I barely have space to move," he says, cocking his head and casting a gaze over every crevice of the room. Each season, he must work with some 100,000 items, which arrive and leave in innumerable boxes which look like wagons of a train, to and from Hamamatsu. Thousands of chains, hundreds of brake discs, different chassis, titanium screws, and exhaust pipes from Slovenia...

Racing in MotoGP at 21ºC

Racing in MotoGP at 21ºC

Rusell Jordan

Racing in MotoGP at 21ºC

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Racing in MotoGP at 21ºC
Racing in MotoGP at 21ºC
Racing in MotoGP at 21ºC
Racing in MotoGP at 21ºC

To organise a parts warehouse such as this, Russell has been working for many  years with a computer programme that allows him to have everything on site catalogued. "For example, I know what piece broke in the engine of any race in 2015 and what other piece perhaps caused that break," he explains. Russell’s encyclopaedia contains everything: the new parts, the defective ones, the used ones, and those which are now out of the catalogue, he also knows the longevity of each piece. "Sometimes I also advise the team when it would be better to replace a part because it is reaching the end of its useful life," he adds.

For him, the ‘worst’ days of the week in terms of work are Wednesdays and Thursdays, “that’s when all the remittances arrive with new pieces that must be organised and cataloged, I also need to separate out the parts which should be returned to Japan". The long test days, where the materials to be tested are piled up in every corner, are also a challenge. And, of course, the moments of greatest stress arise when there has been a crash. Russell is the first to arrive in the garage to carefully examine the damaged motorcycle. Then, like a surgeon preparing his tools, he carefully chooses the parts to be replaced and places them in a stainless steel tray to be delivered to the team.

Russell arrived in MotoGP in 2001 from Formula 1, after becoming Arrows Racing Team Parts Manager in 1995. “I didn’t imagine I would be a part of this world but one day I saw an F1 truck on the road and the opportunity arose”, he remembers. He took his first steps in the test team for Arrows, and later assumed the role of Spare Parts Manager, where he spent about 5 years. Following a stint with the Jaguar team, he received a phone call about a new and very different opportunity - and that’s when he came to MotoGP, first in the hands of Team Roberts and later, in 2004, with the Suzuki MotoGP Team where he continues to dispatch parts from his beloved truck with the precision of a surgeon.

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