Motorcycle Race Engineering

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Motorcycle Race Engineering Course

Motorcycle Race Engineering Course

Finding your way in the motorcycle racing industry is no easy task. Uniquely we've brought together leading experts in the industry to share their extensive knowledge on the subject. Students attending the course have the opportunity to develop an advanced understanding of the role of engineers at the track, as well as learning the fundamentals of chassis dynamics, engine dynamics, data analysis and tyre performance.

Course Content

Crew Chief
The role of a crew chief, what the job entails and how it applies at different levels of racing.
The planning before an event, what preparations need to be made beforehand, allowing the event to run as smoothly as possible.
During an event, the detailed knowledge of all aspects of the bike dynamic and electronic behaviour and the ability to interpret rider comments into positive changes.
After an event, report writing and event analysis, and record keeping.
How tyres are manufactured and constructed. How they generate grip and how the grip is effected by construction, rubber compound, and tarmac asperities.
Tyre management, how to maintain the best performance from the tyre over race distance. How to measure the tyre temperature and pressure correctly and how one effects the other.
Testing tyres, how to correctly test tyres to determine the correct compound for the race.
Chassis Dynamics
Chassis dynamics and suspension operation.
Fork and shock operation and construction. Spring rate selection, damping rate selection. Dyno testing, tuning and adjustment. Working with suspension tuners.
Ergonomics, rider position, centre of gravity, balance and fuel loads.
Chassis, geometry, wheelbase, ride heights, linkages.
Engine Dynamics
Engine and powertrain character and gearing, torque control, anti-wheelie, traction control, engine braking.
Data Analysis
Data acquisition hardware: sensors, what to measure and why, installation and calibration.
Data analysis, channels vs. time and distance, XY graphs, track maps, bar charts, histograms, maths channels.
Engine parameter analysis and diagnostics, chassis and suspension parameter analysis. Tyre data analysis.
Rider performance, throttle application, brake application, smoothness, lap time consistency.

Mick Shanley WSBK Crew Chief.Mick Shanley
Mick has worked in BSB, 250GP's, 500GP's and Moto GP. Along the way he's won two BSB Championships with Tommy Hill and Josh Brookes.  

Having worked with Aprilia, BMW and HRC at a factory level he knows exactly what the big race corporation’s management structure expect, and how to deliver the structured preparation, strategy and after event reports to meet those expectations.

The role of a modern-day Crew Chief consists of not only needing the engineering knowledge of chassis dynamics, engine management strategies and data analysis. They also need to be part psychologist, spread sheet wizard and to be able to organise a team of people so that events run as smoothly as possible.

Mick’s down to earth methodical approach will be of benefit to all levels, whether it’s starting off in club racing or racing at international level.


Dave Todd WSBK Tyre Technician.
Toddy has been Tom Sykes’s tyretechnician at the BMW WSBK team for three years.  The job of tyre technician is easily overlooked but is one of the most important jobs in the paddock.

Tyre preparation is a key performance factor in racing. A lot of race classes now use a control tyre. Everybody has the same range to choose from, so 95-100% of the grid could be lined up on the same tyre. Tyre preparation then becomes critical to performance.

Toddy will run through how to structure your tyre management so that you have the correct tyres in the correct place at the correct time, optimised for maximum performance.



Who is the course for?

The Motorcycle Race Engineering Course gives people who haven’t chosen the academic route the chance to develop the skills necessary to work at the higher levels in racing.
University students can learn from experts in the field with championship winning experience how to apply the knowledge that they've been taught.
Race team members that would like to progress through the ranks will develop the knowledge necessary to set themselves apart, helping them get promoted within a team.
Racers and team members of all levels can learn how to increase the level of their performance.
Motorcycle and engineering enthusiasts.


Course cost

£720 including VAT.



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