Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi said that he would like to have ‘ship-to-shore communications’ similar to what is used in Formula 1.
The 37-year-old made the suggestion in an interview with Motorcycle News following last week’s wet German Grand Prix, where at one stage he was one of the front runners but poor decisions as when to change from the wet to dry tyres handed Repsol Honda Team rider Marc Marquez an unexpected win.
Rossi feels the introduction of radio communication will make the sport safer as it would allow riders to be told when to back off the pace.
“This is not Formula One, but if we had the communication with the box it would be a lot easier,” said Rossi.
“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,” he added.
Not everyone agrees with the Italian, as MotoGP standings leader Marquez feels that radio communication would take the excitement away from the sport.
“I cannot imagine being fully leaned over at 200kph and having someone speaking in my ear,” said Marquez. “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.”