My LD Rally bike is also set up for extreme competition. Conserving energy through efficiency is a game changer, and pretty much required when running at the top of the field in any such event.
I'm afraid I'm not familiar with the LD rally...
In the good old days I travel to the dakar (africa and sur America) a few times and also help some riders before hand on their setups..
And Just by a miracle (My almost wife at the time was Russian and hyper pretty) I gotta visit the Kamaz
R&D facility and I even got to ride on two of the race trucks
Wow those things are harst, hot, loud and horrible, but I finally learn part of the old Russian secret, they don't fix things with equipment improvements but with Tougher Humans in this case most of the crew are old Ex-Spetsnaz aka the toughest MOFO's ever..
But I did get the opportunity to share ideas with cockpit crew and the drivers and I like to think some improvements where made (the R&D crew is extremely well educated and experiences in cutting edge reliability) and actually very open minded to thinks that "make sense" (the variability of parameters always presents as a compromise but with some simple adjustments big improvements can be made)
Just imagine trying to monitors seven different instruments "Road maps for the Navigator" from almost a meter away, when the cabin is full of dust and you can barely reach the controls to change parameter, plus all the instruments were mounted solid to the chassis-cab that provides almost no suspension for the riders environments
we even test old school "Cigarette boat floating harnesses" connected to the roll bars to mitigate the impacts on the legs and spine, just to make a point some of the drivers get detached retinas and silly illness like that from the lack of "Creature comforts"
I may be a Motorcycle freak, but I find the Dakar trucks the most impressive in terms of logistic-choreography-planning and just plain punishment (Trust me I have done a ton of very STUPID stuff, riding on one of those trucks ranks at the very top
I look forward to seeing what else you can come up with.
in 2015 I broke my spine in six places, so in a way i kind of abandon motorcycles (To not get exited about something i can not do 100% anymore..
So i end up working working with some of my doctors to improve their setups..
amazing how the "Dye in the wool" setups are so inefficient for some reason, for example the doctor that perform my "Ablation Injections" (to mitigate the nerve pain in my spine) had his monitors (10 of them) 3 meters away from the operating table, and had to turn and walk more than 360 steps (i count them when I was face down on the table) in the course of a half a hour operation (Incredibly careful surgent)
Also his operating room had beautyful windows and in certain times of the day the quality of the image on the monitors was degrades by shadows and reflexions, just silly details...
But man the bureaucracy of Hospitals is very intense I even had to "name drop" the Stanford deggre so they start to trust me (I'm very difficult to understand in every language, since I have heavy learning disabilities but they also give me a edge on visual, spatial relationship and all other kind of fun stuff, i will not change it for anything
Took more than a year to convince the administrators but after the space was rearrange he gain about a 30% gain in proficiency and also was able to work more hours per week (something he really want to do) and ride his bicycle to work everyday (something he was not able to do before do to the tiredness of his lower extremities
fascinating what a fresh perspective can do in such a "Square/regulated" environment..
Biomechanics is actually not that different from a Pistons, valves, sockets and actuators, after all bodys are machine tailor made for a specific task and the brain (of the developer) is the interface to make the "Tools" more efficient..