Impossible angles and new perspectives: the technology in MotoGP

impossible and new points of view angles: technology MotoGP


So have evolved on-board cameras from the first MotoGP in the 80s.

It sounds simple, light the TV, and multichamber system Movistar TV allows us to see all impossible angles of a MotoGP race. But is not. The Movistar 2015 Prix of Aragon had the opportunity to meet firsthand some of the secrets that enable us to enjoy at home from all points of views on offer in a career. More than 90 on-board cameras and subjective accompanied the viewers at home the prize Movistar and taught a unique show that has cost a lot of work to miniaturize and put the bike inside.


If we consider a racing bike is a high performance vehicle in which everything is measured to the millimeter, weight gain in one of the parts of the bike can change the performance of the same in a race; where even an increase in the temperature of the firm is crucial to scratch a few seconds to the clock. This is a crucial issue when two engineers Yamaha MotoGP team-Movistar did not have some buts they encounter when integrating on-board cameras on the bike.

 rights: Dorna Sports SL / MotoGP

rights: Dorna Sports SL / MotoGP

And is that while these systems are recording and broadcasting of the show and one of the most important added values ​​offered to the spectator sport, have not always been so compact, small and integrated into the mode. The first version of an on-board camera came in 1985 when the Dutch GP the first camera was mounted on the bike of Randy Mamola, with some problems and challenges -the need to take a helicopter provided up to relay the signal, loss of capacity in the warehouse …- offered some of the most spectacular images of the time:

rights: Dorna Sports SL / MotoGP

rights: Dorna Sports SL / MotoGP

After this experiment, Dorna Sports-the company that owns the rights to MotoGP has been investing until today to change this technology to make more spectacular television experience since MotoGP He acquired the rights to the championship in ’92, and now the company already has its own R & D to develop cameras to measure, with the result that anyone can enjoy the multi system camera MotoGP Movistar TV.

The requirements of equipment and competition itself have consistently demanded miniaturization of cameras and integration into the body of the bike like a tool more competition. Basically, in the end it is a tug of war between teams and companies rights to further integrate cameras inside the bikes as if they were elements of each vehicle, and gradually has improved based on a concept which enabled the smaller and manageable within the bike camera, remove the lens and CCD unit that processes images and can put it anywhere else heavy motorbike, and mainframe data the bottom center:

 rights: Dorna Sports SL / MotoGP

Rights Image: Dorna Sports SL / MotoGP

In this way, the cameras have evolved to become smaller, higher quality recording and seamlessly integrated within the bike. If before it was necessary for a helicopter to accompany the bike without losing the communication line to receive the signal, now an antenna system deployed outside the circuit receives the signal in real time and in HD and relayed through service to Dorna finally arriving, in the case of Spain, Movistar TV personalizing the experience and adds much more content.

But the camera system in MotoGP is not limited miniaturization and integration of more efficient way the bike, since Dorna is adding a lot more technology to these small transmission systems as systems 360 with gyroscope camera that can chase the pilot generating spectacular views in a seventeen times lighter camera and small that the system Camera used in the bike Randy Mamola 30 years

 rights: Dorna Sports SL / MotoGP

rights: Dorna Sports SL / MotoGP

No real-time data for computers Although the Dorna camera system installed in each of the selected bikes if it conveys the company, and therefore viewers some telemetry data, such as running, top speed or RPM actually only has one use, at least in the race.

One of the curiosities that many will not know the MotoGP championship is that teams do not have telemetry, ie, not receive data from the bike in real time , perform a dump of data after each training session and race to analyze the performance of the bike and data pilot data that can easily occupy 2 to 3GB as confirmed telemetry engineers Yamaha Team Movistar Flamigni Matteo and Davide Marelli own.

A process that began in 1985 with more work and problems than anything else and now allows us to enjoy HD content as if we were uploaded to the bike Rossi with somewhat larger than pendrive:


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Impossible angles and new perspectives: the technology in MotoGP
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October 11, 2015


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