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AMA and Dorna collaborate for Laguna Seca event

AMA PRO RACING AND DORNA COLLABORATE FOR MOTOGP/AMA SUPERBIKE WEEKEND PICKERINGTON, Ohio (July 21, 2006) -- AMA Pro Racing's Timing and Scoring team is working in collaboration with the Dorna Sports' Timing and Computing Department at the Red...

AMA PRO RACING AND DORNA COLLABORATE FOR MOTOGP/AMA SUPERBIKE WEEKEND

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (July 21, 2006) -- AMA Pro Racing's Timing and Scoring team is working in collaboration with the Dorna Sports' Timing and Computing Department at the Red Bull MotoGP this weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

The two entities are sharing timing and scoring hardware and technology during the biggest motorcycle racing weekend in America.

"We are sharing a lot of the timing points around the track," said Ken Rogers, AMA Pro Racing's director of timing and scoring. "We are collaborating on using Dorna's jump start system this year so we don't have to roll out our system. And Dorna is going to be utilizing our high-speed finish line camera."

Rogers went on to explain that the teamwork with Dorna has been in the planning stages for weeks.

"We've been in contact with Dorna to determine what their needs would be and that line of communication has resulted in us having a good start to the weekend in terms of timing and scoring."

Both the AMA's and Dorna's timing and scoring personnel have been eager to learn from one another on how each team does its job, with each taking away valuable knowledge to help them provide fans, teams and television viewers with ever increasing information.

"Dorna has some technology that is really outstanding," Rogers added. "For example when you watch the races on TV they have real-time bike telemetry on a graphic that provides a lot of information with what the riders are doing on the motorcycle. On our side, one thing their crew noticed this year is that AMA's timing and scoring staff transports about half of the hardware to the timing and scoring center that it had last year. We've developed a way to keep much of the equipment operating from the AMA truck and the Dorna folks were very interested in how we implemented that."

Spaniard Jordi Sais is the director of Timing and Computing for Dorna Sports. Sais is a computer engineer and has a solid background in providing information technology to high profile sporting events, including the 1992 Olympics.

Sais is pleased with the technology AMA Pro Racing is using for its national series.

"It is very similar to what we are using. Perhaps we have gone a few steps more with information, but much of the hardware we use is the same technology used by the AMA," said Sais, who has worked with MotoGP since 1998. "The most important thing is the software. Four years ago we began to provide television with telemetry data from the motorcycles such as rpm, speed, braking and position. We are taking it another step by providing information on the rider, such as heart rate, temperature under the racing leathers and also testing systems to show how far the riders are banking the bikes."

Sais said the key for providing such comprehensive information was making the teams understand how this is the top level of motorcycle competition and the information provided must be state-of-the-art as well.

"Of course every manufacturer wants to keep some data secret," Sais explained. "Yet this is MotoGP, every team knows this information for the other teams already, so it is important to provide it to fans. Now we are even providing the teams with data that they previously did not have, so we work very much with them."

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