Wednesday, 10 February 2021 17:07

Lenovo sponsors Ducati MotoGP team


Hardware vendor Lenovo is the new title sponsor of the Ducati MotoGP team.

Lenovo and motorcycle manufacturer Ducati have had a three-year technology partnership, and the new sponsorship arrangement will also last for three years.

Technology plans include a virtual desktop infrastructure for the majority of Ducati engineers working remotely, and an exploration of augmented and virtual reality for motorbike mechanics.

Ducati already uses the Lenovo ThinkSystem SE350 edge server to process and analyse data at its source, using simulations with AI to develop improved track strategies.

And a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster based on ThinkSystem SD530, SR630 and SR650 servers allows Ducati to run aerodynamic and fluid dynamic modelling workloads more quickly.

The team also uses Lenovo ThinkPad P1 mobile workstation laptops to analyse data directly from the bikes, and ThinkPad laptops to simulate possible bike configurations.

Ducati's broader use of Lenovo products includes ThinkPad P53 mobile workstations for designing road and race bikes, ThinkPad X1 tablets by area directors, and Yoga laptops for note taking.

“The global motorsports market is expected to continue to grow by 10 percent annually through 2025,1 driven in part by the role of IT in the increasingly data-driven world of motorbike racing. This is why Lenovo and Ducati – two brands that share the core values of high speed, powerful performance and relentless innovation – have chosen to elevate their partnership to its highest level,” said Lenovo senior vice president Luca Rossi.

“Through Lenovo’s mission to enable intelligent transformation, we look forward to taking our technology integration to new heights and empowering Ducati’s racing team to extend MotoGP’s significance for years to come.”

Ducati Motor Holding CEO Claudio Domenicali "It is always a great emotion to start a new racing season, which as always we face with dedication and incredible passion, driven by the support of the Ducatisti all over the world.

"We start strong after winning the constructors' world title last year, despite the complexities that have forced us to overcome obstacles and situations that we have never experienced before. In 2021 there are many novelties, starting with the riders: Jack Miller and Pecco Bagnaia. They are now the young riders of our official team after gaining experience with the Pramac racing team.

"This year Lenovo, which has already accompanied us since 2018, becomes the new title partner of the Ducati Lenovo team. Together with our factory team's riders, we also have Ducati's MotoGP riders Johann Zarco and three of the best talents coming from Moto2, Enea Bastianini, Luca Marini and Jorge Martin. They will be a very young and future-oriented presence in the championship. We look forward to the start of the 2021 season on 28th March in Qatar and as always #ForzaDucati."

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