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June 29th, 2017, 10:52 AM   #1
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Virtual Dashboard messages approved for 2018

Looks like Rossi got his way:

Interestingly Kropotkin says it's been approved from 2018, but the Crash article says some riders may start using it this weekend.

MotoGP News - MotoGP 'virtual pit boards' get green light

And already a number of riders have spoken out against it:

MotoGP News - MotoGP Germany: 'Old school' Crutchlow against dash messages

MotoGP News - Smith: Virtual pit boards ?just another way to manipulate series?

MotoGP News - MotoGP Germany: Espargaro warns: We need to be careful with dashboards

If I recall, when it was first mooted in late 2015 (iirc), Rossi was one of the few who was in support of it. It says in the Crutchlow article that most riders were in support of it, but 3 have already spoken out against it.

Bradley Smith has an opinion I share:

“I'm opposed to the fact that the guys want messages that allow them to interfere with the race,” said Smith. “The race should be natural, the race should be the riders' decision, and it shouldn't actually become like Formula 1, which can be dictated by the teams and strategies and stuff.

“Because what's the point in that? So if you're going to do that, you might as well put radios in our ears as well. I honestly don't understand the whole concept behind it, so I was against it for that reason.

“To make the strategy and call the strategy and judge on track conditions, and if someone makes a better strategy, that's for them to benefit from it, not for the team to say and then bring them in.

“Some of the best racing we've seen this year is because the riders have made the wrong strategies, and it's given other people the chance to jump on by. That's how I see it.

“At the end of the day, why have a flag-to-flag race, if you're going to have team strategies getting involved? You might as well red flag it and restart the race again. There's no point having a flag-to-flag race.”

Is this a key reason why certain riders are behind the move, to negate the random element of flag-to-flag results?

“Yes, of course,” came Smith's reply. “Because it helps them save their championship! It's just another security net to manipulate a championship into the guys only finishing on the podium are on the best bikes.
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June 29th, 2017, 01:23 PM   #2
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Great job honey....badger. LoL. 3 laps in and ur still up. 143...Lucy
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June 29th, 2017, 01:31 PM   #3
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I think fortune will still favour the brave even with dashboard messages. Often the guy who takes a chance at the right time during flag to flag races gets the W. Teams can't tell when that right time is unless someone is already out lapping quickly on slicks.
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Wish i could ride on back w/you
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Soon they can text each other:

Marc, thx for Sepang 15
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June 29th, 2017, 04:53 PM   #6
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June 29th, 2017, 05:28 PM   #7
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Terrible idea. I hate it. As has been said, It takes away the advantage of those riders who can read the conditions better than others. As soon as the crews see the lap times are faster, riders will be called in. They will also remove some of the excitement involved when it rains.
Crazy stuff.
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Looks like Rossi got his way:

Bradley Smith has an opinion I share:
Geez, with the 070 tire and all, you can easily get caught up in a Jumkie jaundice conspiracy.
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June 29th, 2017, 11:36 PM   #9
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Ah, democracy 101.46

Rossi has spectacularly lost points over bone headed decisions, so he wanted communication with his pit. They're gonna give him everything because nobody whines louder or threatens to quit faster than Rossi when he doesn't get what he wants.

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It's not only Rossi who sees the benefits.

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