MotoGP: Rossi calls for introduction of race radios

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One of the calls Valentino Rossi made in the aftermath of last week’s disastrous German Grand Prix for him was for the potential introduction of ship-to-shore communications as used extensively in the car-racing world.

Last tested by MotoGP nearly a decade ago, Rossi says that it would potentially make the sport safer by allowing pit crews to tell riders when they’re able to back off.


“This is not Formula One, but if we had the communication with the box it would be a lot easier. Sometimes with the pit board it’s difficult – in Assen, if they had told me I had already two seconds of an advantage I could have slowed down and not made the mistake. I don’t know why we don’t have, but it could be important to have it in the future.”

However, his suggestion was quickly shot down by championship leader Marquez, citing the oft-used defence that the lack of communication is something that helps make motorcycle racing unique.

“I cannot imagine being fully leaned over at 200kph and having someone speaking in my ear! This is not car-racing, and if you don’t have a good plan before the race you know about it. In our team, we always have a clear plan; it’s something we work on a lot after I was disqualified in Australia in 2013!”


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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer