Math Behind The
What makes John so Fast?
John McGuinness is a legend in motorcycle racing, with 23 victories at the challenging Isle of Man TT among many wins. Everybody who knows racing knows he is fast. But why? What makes John king of the motorcycle mountain? EMC partnered with Alpinestars and Freescale Semiconductor, using big data to find out what makes John so fast.
John McGuinness, The Morecambe Missile
John McGuinness is a rider of vast experience with 23 Isle of Man TT and 6 NW200 wins under his belt. Known as the Morecambe Missile for the Lancashire town in England where he grew up, John is not only a legend on road racing circuits, he can also count on a host of short circuit and other international successes. Johns other successes include the British 250 Championship in 1999 and riding for the Honda TT Legends Endurance World Championship team from 2011 to 2013.
At the 2015 TT, he secured his 23rd TT win when he stormed to victory in the Senior race, bringing his TT tally to 44 podiums and 23 wins, standing second only to the legendary Joey Dunlop.See John Race the Isle of Man TT
Isle of Man TT
“For 25 years I’ve known I was fast. Fast in the corners; even faster on the straights. 200 miles an hour. What happens to my body at that speed? My brain? My reactions? Where any mistake could be my last. Yeah, I’ve always known I was fastbut I’ve never known whyuntil now.”
– John McGuinnessTweet this
What We Captured
“This is the first time in motorcycle history anyone has gathered data from man, machine and the environmentand in the harshest of conditionsto uncover the secret behind what makes one unique rider the fastest man on two wheels. Its proven to be a monumental big data challenge and the insights we’ve uncovered thus far are fascinating.”
– Michael Foley, Director, Marketing Science Lab, EMCTweet this
the time trials
John and Chad’s Best Lap
- Circuit Monteblanco
South of Spain
- FIA T1 & Grade 2
- Circuit Length: 3926.38m
- Curves: 10
- Maximum Slope: 4.4%
- Main Straight: 960m
modeling competition winners
1ST PLACE: Stefan Jol, PhD
Only competitor who investigated how performance in one section of the track impacted performance in the next section. Used a robust random forest modeling technique to determine that body and bike position, rather than mechanical variables, were most important in determining the success of a rider.
visualization competition winners
1ST PLACE: Charlotte Wickham, PhD
Built an intuitive and interactive visualization that allows the user to conduct their own analysis on a section-by-section basis. Provided information on track position, speed, rpm, body position and a number of other variables in an easy to access and understand format.
at the isle of man tt
These results are fascinating and give us a glimpse into this athlete’s competitive edge. So interesting, that we are partnering once again with both John McGuinness and Adam Child. Only this time we will be at the Isle of Man TT itself and we’ll be capturing an even larger pool of data. We will again analyze the results to definitively answer the question: what makes John McGuinness so fast?
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