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New flag-to-flag mode: split echo for MotoGP pilots

Friday, August 25th, 2017 | Sports

25. August 2017 – 20:36

In Silverstone, all teams tested a changed bike change on Friday

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(cafetheology.org) – After the collision between Aleix Espargaro and Andrea Iannone in the pit lane at the flag-to-flag race in Brno, advice was given on how to make the bike change safer. One option was tested this Friday in Silverstone's second free practice session. The most important distinguishing points are the position of the motorcycles, which are no longer parallel, but in a V shape, as well as a lollipop man, who gives the drivers the freighter. At the end of the afternoon session, this system was tested for the first time and hit the MotoGP pilots On split echo. Maverick Vinales (Yamaha) rated the new mode as progress: "I felt good about it, you have to get used to it because you have to turn the bike more and wait for the mechanic to give the Go sign "There is actually less action in the outside of the garages, since all changes on the bike have to be done like tire changes or the like in the box. The number of mechanics on the bike is limited, the tasks are clearly distributed. New is the Lollipop man, who will keep an overview and keep his own driver, if other pilots come to the exchange in the immediate vicinity of his own box.Valentino Rossi: New system makes no difference So Vinales himself made the experience, have to wait , When Petrucci was driving his own box right next to him. The Yamaha pilot waited until Petrucci had crossed his path, only then was the ride released. That is why MotoGP rookie Jonas Folger also considers the system to be a good solution. "Of course it's still unfamiliar with the position and the lollipop," says the German, "but it is definitely a reasonable solution." Yamaha star Valentino Rossi sees something more differentiated. "We could use the procedure, there are, of course, advantages and disadvantages compared to the other system, but I'm happy with both, but if this rule is actually introduced, it does not change anything at all We do not see the other bike, "the veteran uses. From his point of view, the new mode is neither a step forward nor a step back. Whether its introduction is really worthwhile? There are also the Ducati factory pilots not sure. Andrea Dovizioso knows: "It is impossible to find a perfect solution for this, every decision has positive and negative sides, and it was good to test it, because we can discuss this with the Security Commission." Jorge Lorenzo would flag -to-flag-racing completely abschaffenZWar the Italian keeps the bike change even in the new variant for safer and also the Lollipop man for meaningful, but critical is still the approach to the box. "When you start a race on slicks and it starts to rain, you're driving on wet asphalt, with the slicks and the carbon brakes you have to stop at the pits, and that's not safe, but a flag-to-flag race safer Is very difficult, "says Dovizioso.

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