Do you ever watch a video of a pro racer on track and just wish you were able to have a look at their data to see how on earth it is possible they are so graceful and fast? Now you can!
Photos of Sylvain Guintoli by Matt Anthony Photography
Over the past few months, we've been super excited to be working on a new feature with one of my ultimate heroes, 2014 World Superbikes champion and MotoGP test rider Sylvain Guintoli. As you may have seen on YouTube, he has been hitting various UK tracks on his Suzuki GSX-R1000R before the lockdown. Sylvain has selected the best of these laps, linked up on-board videos, included bike settings and has made them available for Serious-Racing users to buy. So far, he has laps on Oulton Park, Mallory, Donington and Cadwell.
When you buy a lap, you'll be able to see Sylvain's data on Serious-Racing and you can use the usual interface to see how fast he goes at each point on the track. If you have data of the same track uploaded to Serious-Racing, it gets even better, because you can then compare yourself with him and see all the places where he's faster. And as you can see in the image below, in my case there are some massive differences...
The way we set up this feature is that the pro racer decides which laps they think are interesting to share and they decide the price. Apart from Sylvain's super mega fast laps, he is also sharing some laps where he took it a bit easier, so that mere mortals like me will be able to relate it more to our own data. It is also worth noting that, when you buy his laps, you are paying Sylvain directly, not Serious-Racing.
Everyone with a Serious-Racing account will be able to buy the laps and then view them, even if you haven't been on the same track. If you do have lap time data of the track on Serious-Racing, you can also compare with him. Perhaps this is a good reason to start uploading your data to us? Here's an article about what you need to compare laps on Serious-Racing.
And if you're interested to find out what tyre pressure and traction control Sylvain is using on his Suzuki GSX-R1000R, you can have a look at the session settings on the 'Analyse' page when you are viewing or comparing with his laps. Don't forget to add your own settings, while you're at it.
I personally can't wait to have a detailed look at what Sylvain is doing on the track that I am not doing. While this isn't tuition and it might not immediately make me any faster, it is the closest I can get to being on track with someone like Sylvain Guintoli, which is pretty exciting. Apart from that, I will be spending quite a bit of time trying to decipher where his riding style differs from mine and what I can learn from that. So hours of geeky fun for less than the price of a tank of petrol! We hope you will enjoy this new feature as much as I do and we are looking forward to hear what you've discovered.
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