Short Messages – It’s not possible to introduce radio communications among MotoGP teams and drivers. MotoGP organizers work on an alternative to allow pilots to receive information during the race.
In recent weeks, after some errors of strategic decisions, the radio communications debate in MotoGP starts again. However, there are several limitations. As the costs associated with the operation and the difficulty in finding the right moment to talk with the pilot. Without disturbing him. The MotoGP Race Direction develops an alternative. Short messages. They would allow the MotoGP teams to communicate with the riders. Through the display on the dashboard of the bike. In fact, today, the Race Direction uses it for four types of information. Departures, black flag, red flag or for the return of the bike to a dangerous problem. In this way the teams could tell pilots, such as, the distance on the pilot in front or on the back. Or the mappings to be used at any given time. They would have a range of about 20 or 25 short messages.
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For example, one option would be: 93/S/1′ 28″ 525. So, Rossi could know in Germany that Marquez ran with slick tyres. And also, he knew that he was seven seconds faster on the 22th lap. With all this information the Italian rider didn’t wait so long to change his bikes. Finally, the Organization would appreciate even a possibility that this data may be provided to broadcasters. Such as the Formula 1 with radio messages.
With this system, however, there are still some aspects which have not been resolved at all. For examples, it’s difficult to read the information when you travel at over 300 mph. There are also other possible fix. “We decided to talk with our engineers. We want to understand if we can extend the system that uses the race direction for alerts the pilots during the race. The MotoGP teams could use it.” said Javier Alonso, a member of the Race Direction, to El Periodico. “Our races are fast. The radio communications with pilots are not easy. If we go ahead with this project, which is already almost finished, drivers will have more information. More legible and when they want.”