Some Basic Investigations into the Principles of Race Bike Aerodynamics for Real-World Racetrack Scenarios

Christoph Simon Feichtinger*, Peter Fischer

*Corresponding author for this work

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World Championship races are the competition of the fastest motorcycle riders in the world. They are a rare selection of professionals which can ride race bikes on the absolute physical limits in the longitudinal and lateral direction. The exact understanding of race bike performance for race engineers, riders and race bike development companies is quite difficult as the movement of a race bike and a rider is a complex combination of various physical effects. The aim of the present work is to approach the understanding of race bike performance from a scientific point of view. The actual assessment of race bike performance is mainly data-driven and based on the comparison of racing lines and single measurement channels for different laps and race events. The new approach is to add physical multibody models to understand single segments from real-world racetrack measurements. The multibody model covers all main influences on the race bike performance like inertial forces, gyroscopic forces, apparent forces, aerodynamic forces and tire forces. The movement of the rider and the aerodynamic forces and moments are represented by a new approach. The Aerodynamic-Inertia-Mass, hereinafter called AIM covers these effects in one mode. The AIM model methodology is shown for a concrete racetrack scenario from a Moto2 world championship race. For reasons of confidentiality the name of the rider or the racebike brand is not mentioned within the present work.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSAE Technical Papers
Issue number2021
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2021
EventSAE 2021 WCX Digital Summit - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 13 Apr 202115 Apr 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Pollution
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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