MotoGP bike – Do you remember Barry Sheene with the cigarette in his mouth on the grid? Well, forget him! Today, the MotoGP bike has very high levels of performance. The pilot must have a great body. He works out. But until now he did it alone. We correct. Until July 19, 2016, when the physical and mental functions of Danilo Petrucci and Scott Redding were monitored in real-time. While driving during the Red Bull Ring’s test in Austria, .
The idea is to make scientific the physical and mental preparation of the pilots. The first difficulty is to withdraw data without disturbing the rider while driving. In fact, the pilot rides the bike more dynamic than a F1 driver. Petrucci and Redding wore special chest strap with electrodes in tissue. Redding incorporated a data logger to record all information. Petrucci wore instead a device inserted in the hump of the suit. The pit received data in real-time. Heart rate, electrocardiogram, respiratory activity, body temperature and R-R variability (driver’s stress index).
MotoGP Bike, The first and most important factor is muscle tension due to a mental cause
The two pilots ran for the first time in Austria. So, the first and most important factor is muscle tension due to a mental cause. They didn’t know the track. Then, there’s the emotional stress. When the pilot makes a mistake, the index decreases. This means that the driver is not driving more borderline. Another important factor is the learning phase of the circuit. Pramac pilots took confidence with the Red Bull Ring between the seventh and eighth lap. Finally, the last value is the respiratory rate. It increases lap after lap. Because the ride MotoGP bike is really challenging. Physically and mentally. Even the heart beats increases.
MotoGP Bike, The factory spends a lot of money for the motorcycle
“Marco Baglioni, my trainer, says that today we spend a lot of money to develop the bike and few to train pilots.” said Petrucci. “So, a MotoGP bike can go very fast, but the driver is tired after 15 laps. Often we not knowing why. After testing, I saw some improvements in Assen and Sachsering races. Especially during the qualifying.”
Source: Motociclismo Magazine