MotoGP to deploy digital flag panels at all races

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MotoGP is to employ digital flag panels at all of its races, with the technology supplied by UK-based EM Motorsport. The series will transport the flagging system to each round, with the panels providing greater visibility for riders than traditional flags, regardless of speed and weather conditions.

EM Motorsport says it has vigorously tested the panels, which output a brightness of 64,000 candela per meter squared. MotoGP will use a combination of T1 and T2 panels, with the T1s being used at long run-off areas and fast straights and the T2s covering the rest of the circuit. The T1 panels are the company’s flagship product; the T2 panels were developed to provide a more cost-effective offering. T1 and T2 differ in dimensions and performance and are adaptable to different championship and circuit needs.

From 2022, it will be mandatory for circuits that host MotoGP to install the T1 panels permanently. This is a joint move from the FIM and FIA to increase the speed and visibility of circuit status to racers and improve safety during any incident, regardless of the discipline. The introduction of the panels now will enable MotoGP and circuits to become accustomed to the technology before the new regulations come in.

The panels will be fully integrated with MotoGP’s current Dorna race control system, meaning they will be controlled first and foremost by race control, enabling them to change the status of the entire circuit instantly. Each panel has a console that will be operated by a trackside marshal for localized yellow flags and sector incidents.

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