Today at Misano, Stefan Bradl completed a radio communications test which allows race direction to speak to the rider.
MotoGP has been praised and also criticised for not using radio communications, some people argue that the races should be about the riders knowledge on track and the riders decision making. Others argue against this saying that riders and teams should be able to communicate to relay tactics, important information and potential team orders.
A radio communications system has been tested before, however, with technological advancements, better systems have been created allowing better and more fluid ways of communicating.
MotoGP™ Sporting Director, Carlos Ezpeleta, spoke to the MotoGP.com website about the communications system and the uses and potential benefits of this.
“One of the things we have been undressing this year is the visibility of the flags, after the incidents in Austria we spoke to some of the riders in the safety commission and they asked if we can try the radio system again.
We have tested this in the past with various riders but they have said it was disturbing, but now technology has improved a lot so we decided to give it another try. We tested today with Stefan [Bradl], the test went pretty well, it was just a first test to see what needs to be improved in the future.”
“It will only be used in the beginning by race direction to communicate predetermined recorded messages about flags, penalties and things like this, maybe in the future, if teams and riders agree we could open this up to communication from the team and even if it’s possible from riders back to the teams.
“We are very happy with the first test today this Stefan, we will test again on the MotoGP test on Tuesday at Misano and start investigating to hopefully bring something soon in the new seasons.”
It looks like this is not the last time this system will be spoken about as it continues its testing to improve, what are your thoughts on the system. Let us know!
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