Valentino Rossi believes introducing radio communication into MotoGP would be “a good step” for the series, though this has been met with a mixed response from other riders.
On Friday, Honda’s Stefan Bradl tested a radio communication system on the bike upon request from Dorna Sports as part of a push to introduce a new means of warning riders of on-track hazards after the events of the Austria double-header.
During the Moto2 Austrian Grand Prix, Enea Bastianini crashed exiting the first corner and he and his bike were left in the middle of the track – with Aspar’s Hafizh Syahrin unsighted behind another rider as he pulled out into the path of the stricken Italtrans machine.
Crash scene involving Edgar Pons, Gresini Racing, Hafizh Syahrin, Aspar Team, Andi Farid Izdihar, Honda Team Asia
Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Syahrin escaped serious injury, while Dominique Aegerter was lucky not to be struck by debris from the collision.
In the MotoGP race, a huge collision between Johann Zarco and Franco Morbidelli brought out the red flag – though numerous riders didn’t see the flag and had no message sent to their dashboard.
“A lot of people said the other week with the red flag they didn’t see it,” LCR’s Cal Crutchlow said when asked by Motorsport.com for his views on the introduction…