Moto Engineering Foundation & TechnoPark MotorLand promote the MotoStudent International Competition
A challenge between University Student teams among all over the world. The goal for students is to apply all the knowledge acquired during their university studies in a real industrial project, by designing, developing and manufacturing a real racing motorbike prototype, which will be evaluated and tested in MotorLand Aragon FIM Circuit. There are two categories:
- MotoStudent Petrol (internal combustion engine)
- MotoStudent Electric (100% electric propulsion system)
MotoStudent itself represents a challenge to the students, which have to prove their creativity and innovation skills to directly apply their engineering abilities against other teams from universities all over the world during a period of three semesters.
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The action has shifted to the track to determine the winners of the 7th Edition of MotoStudent at MotorLand Aragón. This Saturday, the first winners of MS1 will be announced, leaving the races and the rest of the awards for MS2 to be held on Sunday.
The 7th Edition of MotoStudent, organized by the MEF Foundation in collaboration with TechnoPark MotorLand, reaches its midpoint, with the teams that will compete in the weekend's various tests at the Alcañiz circuit now determined. Following administrative verifications on both Wednesday and Thursday, technical verifications took place. Here, the various motorcycles of the nearly 80 university teams underwent several tests to measure different parameters in order to meet the event's safety requirements and standards set by the International Motorcycling Federation. The majority of teams easily passed the verifications, but around a dozen motorcycles did not. From this Friday until Sunday, the action takes place on the track, with tests conducted on the asphalt. The public can access the paddock of the MotorLand Aragón circuit freely and without charge on Saturday and Sunday. Additionally, various activities for children and families can be enjoyed in the "Fan Zone" during the weekend.
A Unique and Exceptional Event Worldwide
The perfect description for MotoStudent is "unique." It's unique because it is truly the only university race in the world, and it's unique for its atmosphere, which is both entertaining and highly professional and competitive. More than 800 university students are competing on and off the track to secure victory. This event is centered around these university students who can also take advantage of the opportunity to find employment in the MotorLand Aragón paddock through "Talent RoadShow 2023." Several motor industry companies (Monlau, Circe, ANESDOR, CAAR, FERSA, and MotorLand Aragón itself) are present to collect resumes, seek talent, and who knows, recruit potential future engineers and mechanics for the MotoGP and F1 World Championships that are participating in this edition of MotoStudent. As the teams passed the verifications, several professionals in the motor industry have had the chance to see the creations of these university students and have taken note, initiating a synergy that could yield results in the near future. Specialized journalists in the sector, like Manuel Pecino and David Remón, have also been captivated by the students' creations.
A World-Class Circuit to Judge the Future Winners of this Edition
There's no turning back now. This Friday, the first official activities were held on the FIM track at MotorLand Aragón, exactly the same track used for the MotoGP and Superbike World Championship tests. While the bulk of on-track activity will take place on Saturday and Sunday, the first round of tests (tests 1, 2, and 3) was held on the straight section of the track on Friday. Simultaneously, throughout the day on Friday, all the teams had to present their projects to the jury, explaining the entire process of building their motorcycles. On Saturday, the second round of tests 1, 2, and 3 for both categories will take place, along with free practice sessions in the afternoon (from 4:00 p.m. to 6:20 p.m.). Following this, the gala ceremony will be held at the MotoStudent Arena, where the first awards for the MS1 category (awards for non-track and more theoretical and design categories) will be presented. For the Sunday session, different warm-up sessions for both categories are scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. Additionally, at 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., there will be repêchage races to qualify for the two main final races, which are scheduled for 1:40 p.m. in the Petrol category and 2:45 p.m. in the Electric category.
Paddock with Free Access for the General Public
During the weekend, access to the MotorLand Aragón paddock is free and open to the general public. All fans who wish to attend can access the parking (P1) within the circuit grounds, which is very close to the paddock area. Once inside, visitors can make their way to the "Fan Zone," where they will find inflatable castles, face painting, balloon modeling for children, and the opportunity to participate in the "Paint Your Racing Bike" competition. There will also be an educational and road safety circuit available. In box 13, a setup with a competition motorcycle has been prepared for those who want to take a photo and take home a lifelong memory. All of this will be complemented by a food truck, an "Event Car" with a Red Bull DJ, and many other activities. These activities will take place on both Saturday and Sunday.
With a record enrollment of 80 universities from around the world, starting this Wednesday, the MotorLand Aragón paddock will be the global epicenter of technological innovation and cultural richness.
More than 800 university students are expected, who have dedicated their best efforts throughout the year to create the most competitive and efficient motorcycle (both gasoline and electric) in an attempt to achieve ultimate victory. Technical verifications will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, leading to on-track activities on Friday. The weekend will host the final tests and races, all accompanied by a multitude of activities in the paddock for all audiences in a freely accessible event. Despite its youth, MotoStudent has become an international event that has attracted great interest from sponsors and official organizations for potential international expansion. Developed by the MEF Foundation in collaboration with TechnoPark MotorLand, it is the only university race in the world and has seen the participation of over 10,000 university students from around the globe since its first edition. Interestingly, many university students who have participated in various MotoStudent editions are now working for companies related to the MotoGP or Formula 1 world.
As a novelty this year, there will be a job fair called "Talent RoadShow 2023" on Friday the 13th, which will be accessible to students registered in the competition. Several motor industry companies will be present, aiming to create a synergy that can bear fruit in the future.
80 universities from 19 countries at MotorLand Aragón
A true record, this edition of MotoStudent can be described as such. It has been a long journey leading up to the consecration of this event, which, every two years, attracts more and more university students who are passionate about engineering, two-wheelers, and a collegial atmosphere. This event, supported by FIM, goes beyond being a competitive event; it is primarily an educational event that values the work and ambition of university students who have developed their motorcycles over the course of a year. As in previous editions, there will be two categories: MotoStudent Petrol, with internal combustion, and MotoStudent Electric, with a 100% electric propulsion system. Over five days, both categories will be tested in various activities on the circuit to evaluate the motorcycles from different technical perspectives. The competition is designed to offer various awards based on different aspects and areas (best project, best innovation, best design, etc.), making it not only a fun challenge for university students but also an intellectual challenge they've worked on throughout the year to reach Alcañiz this weekend. In this way, for five days, universities from diverse countries such as the United States, Egypt, Austria, Italy, Mexico, India, and, of course, Spain, will share experiences, grow as individuals, and compete for victory in this 7th Edition.
An Event Packed with Activities
The event officially begins on Wednesday with the arrival of different teams and the distribution of documentation, along with the setup in the Alcañiz circuit boxes. The first technical and administrative verifications and tests will also commence. These same activities will continue on Thursday and Friday. Over the weekend, action will move to the track, with dynamic tests starting on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. in two different categories, concluding around 12:00 p.m. Free practice sessions will follow, with the first session for the Petrol category at 4:00 p.m., alternating with the Electric category, each having two 20-minute free practice sessions, concluding on the track at 6:20 p.m. On Sunday, starting at 9:00 a.m., there will be on-track activity with different warm-up sessions for both categories. Qualifying sessions will start at 10:45 a.m., leading to the races at 1:40 p.m. The Petrol category will race first, followed by the Electric category at 2:45 p.m.
In addition to on-track and motor-related activities, there will be activities in the paddock on Saturday and Sunday. MotorLand will be open to all fans, with access to the fan zone starting at 8:00 a.m., offering various activities for children (face painting, inflatable structures, contests, etc.), as well as access to the circuit terraces to watch the on-track action. There will also be food trucks and various stalls in the paddock.
Key Support for the Development of this Competition
Although it faced initial challenges, MotoStudent has become well-established and has received support from crucial companies and institutions with significant impact in the motorsport field. Notably, the event is under the umbrella of the International Motorcycling Federation and is also supported by DORNA SPORTS (the company that manages the MotoGP World Championship and the Superbike World Championship, among others), ANESDOR, and the RFME, among others. It doesn't just receive institutional support but also the backing of leading brands in the motor industry. KTM is the official supplier of gasoline engines, Dunlop sponsors the tires, J.Juan sponsors the brakes, Bender is the supplier of the IMD, and Andreanini MHS sponsors the suspensions. Additionally, there are notable partnerships, such as Circe, which supports the electric category and develops technological solutions that contribute to efficient, safe, and connected mobility. Fersa Bearings, a Spanish multinational, starts its sponsorship with MotoStudent in this 7th Edition. With the aim of creating a zero-emissions event with 100% renewable energy, Acciona Energía joins as a competition partner, contributing to emissions reduction and promoting more sustainable mobility. Acciona will operate an electric mobility hub at the final event, featuring renewable energy sources, photovoltaic panel modules, electric vehicle charging points, and providing electric motorcycles for organization mobility in the paddock.
The Final Event of MotoStudent International Competition will take place from October 11 to 15, 2023 at the MotorLand Aragon.
MotoStudent International Competition was born in 2008 with the aim of developing student talent and their capacity for innovation, through a challenge never seen before. Students from all over the world must demonstrate their skills to design, develop and build a Competition motorcycle with specifications of the FIM Moto3 Category, which will be launched in October 2023.
The VII Edition of the Competition, organized by the MEF Foundation and TechnoPark MotorLand, is already in the middle of its development, with a calendar of milestones in the period 2022-2023, through an innovative platform developed by INYCOM that facilitates the management of the Competition and offers the opportunity to provide additional training to the registered members of the teams.The Final Event of this Edition will take place at the MotorLand Aragón Circuit on October 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 of 2023. Almost 80 participating Teams from 4 of the 5 continents, representing 18 countries such as the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, India, Egypt, Indonesia, Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain, among others, will travel to the Circuit of Alcañiz.
The best university teams in the world will measure themselves against each other to evaluate their prototypes, where after 3 semesters of intense work, they will demonstrate that innovation has its origin in university talent.
During the 5 exciting days of the Final Event, the various scoring tests for both categories of the Competition will take place, culminating in two races on the asphalt of Alcañiz. In the MotoStudent Electric Category the motorcycles will be powered by 100% electric systems, with the Circe Foundation as technological partner, while in the MotoStudent Petrol Category will participate prototypes with internal combustion engine KTM, using in this edition the 250 model SX-F 2023, of 250 CC and 4 strokes, evolution of the propellant used in the Northern Talent Cup. The prototypes submitted, after being technically checked to ensure that they meet all safety requirements, will undergo the evaluation of the different phases that make up the Competition.
In Phase MS1 the teams will have to present their projects to a jury composed of professional experts from different sectors of industry, automotive and innovation. This year, as a novelty, the innovation section will have more weight with an exclusive presentation, evaluated by a top-level team with KTM, Red Bull and the MEF Foundation, thus incorporating the challenge to the Red Bull MotoBoost program.
During the MS2 Phase the prototypes will compete in a series of dynamic tests and on-track activity, where they will demonstrate their performance and dynamic capabilities. They will also test the most demanding components in the industry, such as JJuan in the braking section or Bender in terms of electrical protection systems.
The competition will reward different aspects such as the Best Industrial Project, Best Design, Best Innovation, as well as the results in the dynamic test phase and the track tests. The world champion crown in each category will be awarded to the team that has accumulated the most points throughout the MS1 and MS2 Phases, as the culmination of the 18-month competition.
The motorcycles presented by the universities will be characterized mainly by the application of the latest technologies, such as additive manufacturing and innovations in terms of chassis design, the use of new materials of great lightness and resistance or integrated electronic and electrical systems, which is a reflection of the path that the motorcycle sector will take in the future.
The MotoStudent Final Event will bring together at MotorLand Aragón almost a thousand participating students and around 150 teachers, as well as various entities and brands involved in the sector, such as KTM, Andreani, AIM-DSRM, Dunlop, among others. In addition, the event will host other parallel activities related to motoring, training and new technologies.
The MotoStudent Competition continues its expansion, having already reached directly and indirectly more than 10,000 students around the world and with an international impact in more than 20 countries. In addition, MotoStudent is the real boost, so that students can make the leap in the best possible conditions to the reality of work. Proof of this is the number of students participating in past editions who are currently working for the most important motor companies, MotoGP or F1 teams, and other championships, as well as the various startups that have emerged from the projects presented in MotoStudent.
Moto Engineering Foundation and TechnoPark Motorland
The MotoStudent Competition is promoted by the Moto Engineering Foundation (MEF Foundation) and the TechnoPark MotorLand Technology Park. MEF Foundation is a non-profit organization that was created in 2008 by the Instituto Aragonés de Fomento, with the aim of promoting technological development, innovation, research and training in the motor sector, involving different sectors of industry, universities, training centers, and other institutions related to the engine. The MEF Foundation has its facilities in a privileged environment such as the TechnoPark Technology Park in Alcañiz, which favors synergies between companies and institutions in the sector, thus allowing cooperation for all kinds of services and innovation projects.
The sponsors of the Moto Engineering Foundation are the Aragonese Development Institute (IAF), MotorLand Aragón, the University of Zaragoza, the National Association of Companies of the Two-Wheeler Sector (ANESDOR), Dorna Sports, the Confederation of Businessmen of Zaragoza (CEZ), the Royal Spanish Motorcyclist Federation (RFME), the Aragonese Motorcycling Federation (FARAM) and the General Council of Associations of Industrial Engineers of Spain (CGOII).
More information at www.motostudent.com
KTM again aim to inspire speedy young minds by bringing KTM 250 SX-F engine technology to the biennial MotoStudent Competition that teasingly invites engineering pupils from around the world to mould a racing prototype motorcycle.
The seventh edition of the MotoStudent Competition is promoted by Moto Engineering Foundation and TechnoPark MotorLand in Aragon; a location renowned for autosport development and is also home to staple MotoGP™ Grand Prix venue MotorLand Aragon in eastern Spain.
The contest began in 2009-2010 and with less than 30 student teams taking part. By the 2019-21 incarnation the submissions had risen to 89 and there is a current cap of 104 for all university-affiliated entrants (with teams consistent of at least 7 members). The MotoStudent concept describes the competition as a goal for students ‘to apply all the knowledge acquired during their university studies in a real industrial project, by designing, developing and manufacturing a real racing motorbike prototype, which will be evaluated and tested in MotorLand Aragon FIM Circuit.’
KTM are again providing the potent KTM 250 SX-F engine as the motor platform for the ‘Petrol’ category. The unit has been prolific in the filter stages and championships to Moto3™ Grand Prix, starring in series’ such as JuniorGP, the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, the Northern Talent Cup, Austrian Talent Cup and more.
MotoStudent Petrol Teams during the Final Event of the VI Edition.
Hubert Trunkenpolz, KTM member of the board: “It’s been encouraging to watch the growth of MotoStudent Competition in the last ten years and it’s still important to us that we can provide our advanced engineering and assist a growing group of technically-minded youngsters. We like the international scope of the competition as well as the priorities towards innovation and performance; it’s something that we recognise as a brand and as a company. When you mix racing and passion with fantastic ideas then you often have spectacular results. We’re already keen to see what the teams can generate from our KTM power for the new edition.”
More information: www.motostudent.com
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The competition reaffirms its international role in the development of university talent and its innovative training process on two globally relevant stages of the technology and two-wheeler sectors.