Intelligence gathering.

For all that though, the riders remain the primary source of information about how the bike is behaving and the data is used to corroborate their feedback.

"These are very experienced riders, who know what's happening underneath them but we always tell new riders to the team to concentrate on what they are feeling, not to think about solutions. We use those feelings and the data to make decisions about which direction to go in," revealed Bom.

It's the practice and qualifying sessions that tend to be the most frantic for the data-logging engineers, when they must download and interpret the data and then make informed decisions with technicians and riders about what changes to make.

When the session is over, the team will spend more time looking at the data and then, back at base after the racing weekend is over, they will go even deeper and engine tuners will look at sensors that are not even monitored during the weekend.

"By definition, the sensors are sensitive," confirmed Peter, "because if a rider can feel a 1mm change in ride height, our computers must be able to see a 0.1mm difference.

"But the computers don't give us answers, just the information. It's still the riders and team who make the decisions," he concluded.

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