July 5, 2022

Recent-faced teenager James Weaver has been chosen by laptop knowledge to compete within the 2022 Oceania Junior Cup (OJC), the official Street to MotoGP sequence for younger Aussie street racers.

The 13-year-old NSW Central Coast rider was chosen through a world-first technique developed by motoDNA whose Digital Academy expertise is used to analyse and coach riders.

MotoDNA motoCHAMPION James Weaver

Riders from across the nation had been invited by motoDNA final yr to compete within the first motoCHAMPION competitors for the coveted prize of a $10,000 totally sponsored trip within the 2022 OJC.

MotoDNA boss Mark McVeigh says the Cup runs alongside the Australian Superbike Championship.

“If James wins the Oceania Junior Cup he will get placement to the Asia Expertise Cup, the subsequent step to MotoGP,” he says.

James is a passionate rider/racer competing from the age of 5 and wish to race on the highest stage, like his idol and fellow central coast rider Casey Stoner.

On the age of 11, James was chosen for the Oceania Junior Cup and competed within the help class to the World Superbike at Phillip Island.

He was solely 12 when he gained the junior North Coast Street Racing Sequence.

Now he’s the world’s first rider to be chosen to race through a data-driven digital championship developed by motoDNA and sponsored by Bendix brakes.

James being adopted by his coach

Aussie racers from 11 years previous took half within the motoCHAMPION competitors at racetracks and go-kart circuits round Australia utilizing bike-mounted GoPro cameras. 

Knowledge from the GoPros and sensors on the bike allowed motoDNA to make use of their distinctive propriety algorithms to measure a rider’s ability stage, quite than their lap time.

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It meant racers might compete towards regardless that they had been on totally different tracks. 

The motoDNA algorithms measure and grade the riders enabling leaderboards to be created for any driving ability similar to throttle, braking and steering. 

All through the competitors the leaderboard modified forwards and backwards between James, Cameron Swain and Hudson Thompson with James profitable by a whisker from Cameron, the 2021 bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup Champ who’s transferring up a category for 2022. 

MotoDNA CEO Mark McVeigh says they’ve been supporting younger Australian riders for greater than 10 years and he wished James good luck within the 2022 OJC.

motoDNA Mark McVeigh Riders Briefing
Mark McVeigh at a motoDNA riders briefing

“Our staff can also be happy with how our new digital platform carried out technically,” he says. 

“If the riders all lined as much as race one another on the identical occasion they’d end in the identical order. 

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“That’s fairly cool and now positions motoDNA to broaden to different sequence in Australia and abroad. We additionally learnt heaps, refining our algorithms efficiency and buyer expertise. “

The motoCHAMPION was launched in partnership with Motorcycling Australia, who develop riders by means of the bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup (OJC) and the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK). 

Motorcycling Australia CEO Peter Doyle says the OJC Academy is designed to open a pathway into junior street racing and, by means of its growth academy format, raise our youngest motorcycling expertise by means of nationwide competitors and set them on a path to worldwide success. 

“Creating and facilitating our subsequent technology of riders is a key focus for Motorcycling Australia,” he says. 

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“We’re excited to be part of motoCHAMPION in partnership with motoDNA which supplies riders with an extra device of their device equipment to additional develop their driving approach and abilities.” 

Other than James’s sponsored place within the OJC, the subsequent 4 motoCHAMPION riders will earn an automated place within the bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup choice occasion the place they may have the prospect to qualify for the 2022 season. 

The motoCHAMPION occasion is sponsored by Bendix which is now taking its stopping experience to the two-wheeled class says firm GM George Kyriakopoulos. 

Bike riders will step by step see Bendix brake product turn into out there for his or her bikes within the Australian market and in addition see an elevated presence of the Bendix model within the two-wheeled scene.