Source: Roadracing World
Weather, one of our four key elements utilized when building our algorithms, steers the outcome of any given lap and race. This unpredictable, powerful component is often over simplified with a surface report focusing on air temperature and precipitation. While these are factors that viewers may be able to feel in person and see through a camera lens, there are a handful of significant components that must be taken into consideration when performing bike set up and planning the optimal race line. We are here to educate you on these factors and their influence on road racing.
First thing you must know is the difference between climate and weather. Climate refers to the long term patterns and studies averages where as weather is the day to day fluctuations in the atmosphere. Climate = long-term / weather = short-term.
As our team works through historical climate data, various weather components will be identified and tied back to their affects on racing. Each circuit being raced on during the 2019 season will be analyzed and profiled for any given month in regards to four main climate factors: average air temperature, precipitation, humidity levels and outgoing long wave radiation. These four factors combined allow you to understand what is happening in the atmosphere, the air and on the earth’s surface.
Source: Honda Global
It is more than precipitation and air temperature. Weather forms chain reactions and these all have varying impacts on racing. For example, moisture levels in the air impacts elements such as tire grip and cloud formation. Cloud formation will in turn reflect incoming solar radiation from the sun and will trap outgoing long wave radiation being released from the earth. Imbalances in radiation will have an impact on surface temperature which will also impact tire grip. Correlations such as these are what we will be breaking down and explaining in a way that helps understand how and why weather plays such a significant role on race day.
Our goal is to analyze, educate and ultimately further the MotoGP viewing experience. Make sure to check back as we populate the “Weather & Racing” page! Have any questions or suggestions? Feel free to shoot us a message here!