Data & Diagnostic Systems With Zach White
The introduction of EFI on the bikes brought a whole new set of capabilities and ease in using data. We can easily record and monitor the bike's diagnostics and also see how the rider is doing on RPMs, throttle position, and gears.
GET has played a big part in our learning of the EFI and data. The equipment they sell is top-notch for anything on the market, be it for cars or motorcycles. It has opened up a lot of things to the riders and they now ask us, “What gear was I in through that section and what should I do differently?”
Most of the time on race day we are just checking diagnostics, making sure the gear position sensors are working correctly, that the GPS sensors are set, especially for the 250 class because it's an eight-race series. If you can prevent a mishap early on by looking at the diagnostics of the bike, it will be a benefit.
At the races we stick to the bare minimum for data. We like to collect all the other types during testing, but we come to the races just to race, so the system is for diagnostics. Mainly it's just to check things, with different stadiums and different dirt, so we want to make sure everything is where it should be.
If you are a tech guy, it's easy to pick up. Everything we use is available from GET, you'll just need to call GET or Pro Circuit for pricing. I wouldn't say I'm a computer wizard by any means, but I picked it up easily.
A lot of the programs were developed before they were used on dirt bikes, in road racing and things like that. There was a little bit of a learning curve just going on to dirt, because the RPMs and things are different than asphalt. The majority of the bugs were worked out beforehand.
You'd have to know what you are looking at. For the average person, it just looks like a bunch of squiggly lines. But if you look deeper into and know what to look for, you can see information we probably don't want you to see.