Mixed response to MotoGP’s new radio warning system test

Last Friday, Honda rider Stefan Bradl tested the system for the very first time upon request from MotoGP promoters Dorna Sports as a means of communicating warning messages to riders to go along with the usual marshal flags.

Visibility of flags and delays in receiving messages regarding red flags were issues of concern raised during the Austrian double-header last month, with the riders agreeing in the Safety Commission to trial the radio system. At the moment purely being used for safety purposes, the field were sent pre-recorded messages through an in-ear headset early in Tuesday’s Misano test to trial the system.

Commenting on the test, Dorna’s Sporting Director Carlos Ezpeleta said: “It was really just a very first preliminary test let’s say, basically to test two things. One, to know if riders could here messages on the ear phones. And two, to see if they were distracted by a message that could arrive mid-corner or in moments of more concentration.

“In both those cases, the results have been very good for the riders we have spoken with. So, we’re considerably happy in this first day.”

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