Lenovo has become Title Partner of the Ducati MotoGP Team. The new name of the Ducati MotoGP Team – at least for the coming three years – will now be: Ducati Lenovo Team. The announcement builds on Lenovo’s three-year key technology partnership with Ducati.
As an official technology partner since 2018, Lenovo has enabled Ducati engineers and designers’ rapid adoption of algorithms and racing bike technology for both race and road bikes. Lenovo’s “high-performance” servers, tablets, and PCs have introduced a host of competitive technological advantages to Ducati’s racers, motorcycles and performance engines.
Analytics and simulations now run in MotoGP using Lenovo’s compact-sized and rugged ThinkSystem SE350 edge server to process and analyze data at its source. With this upgraded processing power, Ducati engineers are able to track simulations with AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning and develop even safer strategies on the track, including better management of tire consumption.
Technicians used the rugged, ultra-thin Lenovo ThinkPad P1 mobile workstation laptops to pull and analyze data directly from the bikes. Engineers then used ThinkPad laptops at the garage to simulate possible bike configurations – “improving efficiency by 25 percent and reducing decision-making time by 35 percent.”
Lenovo designed and implemented a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster based on ThinkSystem SD530, SR630 and SR650 servers. This new HPC environment would help reduce overall footprint by 20:1 and allow Ducati to run aerodynamic and fluid dynamic modelling workloads at racing speed – empowering engineers to develop new superbikes faster while maintaining the highest quality and safety standards.
“The global motorsports market is expected to continue to grow by 10 percent annually through 2025, driven in part by the role of IT in the increasingly data-driven world of motorbike racing,” said Luca Rossi, Senior Vice President of Lenovo. “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. 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.”
Other Lenovo devices deployed by Ducati include ThinkPad P53 mobile workstations for designing road bikes and race bikes; the ThinkPad X1 Tablet by area directors for their portability; and an assortment of Yoga premium laptops for taking notes in racing debriefs with the riders. In 2020, Lenovo’s partnership with Ducati also brought co-branded devices to market, such as the Lenovo Ducati 5, a crossover limited edition laptop with Ducati Corse design elements tailored for the most ardent Ducati fans.