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Javier Alonso provides update on latest safety commission talks

Javier Alonso provides update on latest safety commission talks

After a meeting of the Grand Prix Safety Commission on Friday at Motegi, Javier Alonso, Managing Director of Dorna’s Events Area, has provided an update on the key topics being addressed.

Following the round 14 racing at Aragon in mixed conditions the Safety Commission have listened to the riders’ current thoughts of continually improving safety in MotoGP™ and Mr. Alonso gave the following update after the meeting.

“We have discussed two issues which arose in Aragon,” sated the Dorna Director. “The first one is about artificial grass and the necessity to have artificial grass in the asphalt run off areas. We decided that gradually we are going to start to ask the circuits to remove that artificial grass from most of the places because we saw that it is dangerous. Even though it was a request of the Safety Commission some years ago and we were the first ones, motorcycle racing, to request artificial grass, now we have realised that in that particular condition when the track is dry and the artificial grass is still wet, it is really, really dangerous. So we are going to gradually take it out from the circuits, starting from the most dangerous places of course.”

He then expanded, “Regarding flag-to-flag we were discussing if there is a better option than what we have today. We have always said that it is the least worst option that we have and that if we can improve it somehow and the riders feel there is some room for improvement we will try to do it. We are sure that the system of flag-to-flag, the system of changing bikes, is the best system we can have, but it may be that we consider having an option where if it gets too wet we oblige everybody to change the bikes but we are not sure yet if this is correct or not, so we have to first study those options and see if there is something better than we have today.”


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