Sim racing has becomethe last year, especially in the early part of the pandemic, where all actual physical motorsport stopped. Unfortunately, pretty much all the fun was limited to four-wheel drive racing. Recreating the experience for us motorcycle enthusiasts would prove to be a little tougher.
How much tougher? Well, so tough that it’s just now, with the announcement of MotoTrainer on Thursday, that we’re even in the ballpark. Unfortunately, as you can see in the launch video, it̵
MotoTrainer was developed in collaboration with Dorna – aka the company that owns MotoGP – and either works with the game MotoGP, or riders can follow a lap on some of the MotoGP circuits. Unfortunately, there are currently no hardcore motorcycle racing simulations in the vein of iRacing available to the public, so do not expect to have the same experience.
“The software behind the Moto Trainer, developed by our engineers, is capable of playing any video on board and enables drivers to save bets on a telemetry championship,” said Andrea Lombardi, CEO of MotoTrainer, in a statement. “This means you can load any circuit and motorcycle you want, with riders replicating the video to the reference telemetry. The software then analyzes the driver’s performance by monitoring the accelerator pedal, front, rear, gearbox and track brakes.”
Now this is incredibly cool, but you’re probably wondering what it’s going to cost, provided you have an extra motorcycle and needed space to set up one of these. Well, smaller than you might think, in fact, and significantly smaller than a full-motion auto racing simulator, but still a lot. MotoTrainer starts at around $ 6,000 and goes up from there if you want things like power feedback. The completely cheated version will run you around $ 18,130, including a PC.
So, knowing all that, who would buy this thing? Well, maybe you’re a hardcore motorcycle racing enemy who can’t get to a racetrack with a bike, or possibly you’re someone recovering from a previous injury. Maybe you own a business like Base51 (owned by) and you will offer two-wheeled fun to your customers.
At the moment, it does not seem that any of these are open to the public in the United States, but we keep our fingers crossed that when the pandemic hopefully ends, it will change.