During each and every GP weekend, teams, riders, press and other interest parties can be seen eagerly analysing a series of screens present throughout the MotoGP paddock - but just what are they looking at?
On TV, viewers only receive whatever timing data is provided by the commentator plus anything included on the bottom of the TV feed. But on site, people can see the standings at all times, top speeds, lap times and the riders' performance in every lap section thanks to the timing system offered by Dorna through four screens.
Without those four screens (plus the TV feed screen) it would be much harder for journalists and the different teams of the world championship to do their job.
No matter what kind of practice session is running - free or qualifying - the four screens always show a series of common data. In the upper section you see whether it is a free or a qualifying practice as well as the class, the remaining practice time and the local time.
In the lower section of the screen you see in yellow, rotating one after the other, the different track records (circuit record, fastest lap, best pole and top speed), while in white and merging with the previous data, you see the best figures of the weekend (provisional pole and top speed so far) .
Screens 1 and 2:
Screen number 1 and 2 show the standings. There are different fields: position, competition number and name of the rider, time set, gap to the preceding rider and to the leader, lap number on which the fastest time was set, as well as the total lap number.
As the riders get onto the track and improve their times, a green upward arrow appears next to the competition number, meaning that the rider has improved his time and consequently his position.
Should any rider not manage to set a time faster than the minimum qualifying time of a 107%, he will still appear on the screen however not in white letters but in light grey letters to distinguish him from the rest.
The only difference between both screens is that screen 1 shows the top 19 riders and screen 2 shows rider 20 to 38, depending on the class and the number of riders participating.