Big data, big bang engines, wheelie controls, analytics…technology is today critical to the adrenaline-filled world of MotoGP.
And for team Ducati, who have been a key part of MotoGP since 2003, even more so. I was honored to be invited by Lenovo to witness the MotoGP race in Barcelona. The timing had quite a fair bit of relevance for Lenovo. For it was in May this year that Lenovo signed a multi-year sponsorship deal with the Ducati Team competing in the MotoGP World Championship. Starting with the 2018 season, Lenovo will be the key technology partner for Ducati, which will include the team using Lenovo’s PCs, tablets and servers both on and off the track.
The partnership with Team Ducati of MotoGP also includes co-development and collaboration on product R&D as part of a programme to further accelerate the team’s progress and success. Lenovo’s first race with Ducati was in April at the Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo, Argentina.
At the event, we had a rare chance to get a technical brief from the General Manager of Ducati, Luigi Dall’Igna and Project Director Paolo Ciabatti prior to the race, and they elaborated on how today’s racing world balances analytics, performance metrics and driver skills for a winning formula.
And the best was yet to come, as we had a short chat with Ducati’s superstar driver Jorge Lorenzo. Interestingly, the race saw Jorge Lorenzo take pole. The back-to-back wins at Mugello and Barcelona give him an outside shot at 2018 MotoGP title.