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Analysis of racing motorcycle performance with additional considerations for the Mozzi axis

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Abstract:

The aim of this research is to develop techniques for the analysis of data measured in motorcycle races. This analysis should highlight the most difficult parts of the circuits, the rider's skill and effort, the performance of the vehicle and the achievement of limit conditions for the vehicle and the tyres. Several analysis techniques are presented and applied to manoeuvres carried out by different motorcycles both on dry and wet tracks. Interesting results are obtained with a method based on the time rate of the kinetic energy of orientation, and a criterion for identifying the most exacting phases of the manoeuvre is proposed.

Keywords: motorcycle; racing; road test; screw axis

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00423110802037073

Affiliations: 1: Department of Innovation in Mechanics and Management, University of Padova, Padova, Italy 2: Dainese S.p.A., Molvena, Italy

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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