The Austrian MotoGP Grand Prix to be held this weekend at the Red Bull Ring will be a very important event not only to guide the fate of the world titles in the premier class, but also from the point of view of digital signage linked to information between boxes and drivers.
Starting this weekend, riders will have 2 new dashboard message options available. These, we remind you, are a tool available to the Race Direction to facilitate direct communication with the riders when they are on the track. There are also a number of messages that can be managed and sent by teams.
The first of the two messages concerns the safety of the riders and, to explain it, Mike Webb, MotoGP race director: “This weekend, two new message options will be available. The first is a message that communicates a problem with the driver’s equipment – overalls, boots, gloves, helmet – introduced by the Race Direction “.
“For many years we have had dashboard messages where Race Direction can send messages to riders on the bike; flag signals and penalty information, things like that. From time to time other signals. But a couple of things have come up recently. , one is at the Catalonian GP we had something that has never happened before, where a rider’s equipment, the skins, didn’t work properly and we needed to tell the rider to fix it. “
“And there really isn’t an appropriate signal, we have signs about a mechanical failure on the bike, disqualification signs and things like that, but we decided after this incident that we needed a specific sign on the rider’s equipment because it’s different from a mechanical failure, where if a motorcycle leaks oil or water or something like that, it is important that the bike gets off the track immediately “.
“In the event of a problem or a non-working fastening on the driver’s equipment, or something that is not immediately a problem but needs to be repaired, it’s a different situation. So we have a new sign on the dashboard, show ‘equipment’ on the driver’s dashboard and the meaning has been explained to the drivers and teams: there is a problem with your equipment and you are required to fix it immediately. If that means coming to the pits to repair it, ok. Or if you can fix it yourself in track, that’s okay too. What we require is that you repair it immediately, so there is a new message on the drivers’ equipment. “
The second message that will be introduced starting from the Austrian GP, during this weekend, concerns the communication regarding the driver’s behavior.
“The other update is a request from the FIM MotoGP Stewards on the riders’ behavior. There are times when a rider can do something we don’t like, but it’s at the limit and it could have been an error of judgment or a mistake. However, if they repeat that behavior and prove it was neither, they incur a penalty. So the stewards want a warning sign to say ‘hey, don’t do this. We’re watching and if you do it again there will be a penalty’ “.
“So there is a new display on the dashboard called ‘warning’ and it specifically concerns the driver’s behavior. The warning sign tells the driver ‘we don’t like what you are doing. Pay attention and if you continue there may be a penalty.” These are the two new messages to improve communication between the Race Direction and the riders “.
Webb concluded by explaining why these new messages were introduced at this particular time of the season.
“Dashboard messages take some time. The dashboard and motorcycle manufacturers have to adjust their systems, and the timing, to send the messages, everyone has to prepare and it takes some time so we agreed on the messages. , the technical part is changed now and these will be available from the Austrian Grand Prix next weekend “.