In a world first, Australian digital academy motoDNA, in Partnership with Motorcycling Australia, Bendix Moto and Sydney Motorsport Park innovation Precinct have delivered a motorcycle champion using its proprietary data driven platform.
Aussie racers from 11 years old took part on racetrack and go-kart circuits all over Australia using their bike mounted GoPro cameras.
Young guns Cameron Swain, James Weaver and Hudson Thompson all featured heavily with the leaderboard changing back and forth during the competition.
In the end, James Weaver is the 2022 motoCHAMPION by a whisker from Cameron Swain, the 2021 bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup Champ moving up a class for 2022.
motoDNA’s unique propriety algorithms measure a riders skill level, rather than their lap time, enabling racers to compete against each other on different tracks by using their GoPro cameras to record video and data.
2022 motoCHAMPION James Weaver and Oli Bayliss training at Sydney Motorsport Park
Step one to MotoGP is complete for one young gun Aussie racer
As well as great video, GoPro’s use high quality sensors. This sensor data, along with the video, is fed to motoDNA algorithms that analyse riders behaviours, compared to thousands of other riders. The algorithms then measure and grade the riders enabling leaderboards to be created for any riding skill such as throttle, braking and steering.
motoDNA CEO Mark McVeigh said: “We are super happy to be able to continue supporting young Australian riders, for over ten years now, and wish James good luck in the 2022 OJC. Our team is also pleased with how our new digital platform performed technically. If the riders all lined up to race each other at the same event they would finish in the same order. That’s pretty cool and now positions motoDNA to expand to other series in Australia and overseas. We also learnt heaps, refining our algorithms performance and customer experience. “
motoCHAMPION is launched in partnership with Motorcycling Australia, who are committed to developing riders through the bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup (OJC) and the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK). The OJC Academy is designed to open a pathway into junior road racing and, through its development academy format, lift our youngest motorcycling talent through national competition and set them on a path to international success.
“Developing and facilitating our next generation of riders is a key focus for Motorcycling Australia,” Motorcycling Australia CEO Peter Doyle said.
“We’re excited to be a part of motoCHAMPION in partnership with motoDNA which provides riders with an additional tool in their tool kit to further develop their riding technique and skills.”
Winner gets a spot in the 2022 bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup
The top prize is a sponsored place in the 2022 bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup, worth over $10,000. The top 5 motoCHAMPION riders will earn an automatic place in the bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup selection event where they will have the chance to qualify for the 2022 season.
motoCHAMPION is sponsored by Bendix, and will be a key part to the new partnership between motoDNA and Australia’s leading brake manufacturer.
“As Australia’s leading brake brand, Bendix are proud to support the motoCHAMPION, and the development of our young Aussie talent. Bendix is now taking its stopping expertise to the two-wheeled category,” said George Kyriakopoulos, General Manager of Bendix.
Motorcycle riders will gradually see Bendix brake product become available for their bikes in the Australian market and also see an increased presence of the Bendix brand in the two-wheeled scene.