Dorna Sports will be installing the flag panels starting with the Portuguese Grand Prix.
Dorna Sports have just announced its new agreement with EM Motorsport to supply the FIM MotoGP World Championship with 22 digital, high-tech flag panels for use at each Grand Prix event.
It will be mandatory for circuits that host MotoGP to install T1 or T2 panels from 2022 onwards. This following a joint directive from the FIM and FIA. The flag panels will increase the visibility of and information regarding track conditions for all competitors. The aim is to increase their safety during any incident, regardless of the discipline. The panels will be utilised for the rest of the 2021 MotoGP season to enable the riders and host circuits to become familiar with the technology before the new regulations.
The 22 new high-tech flag panels will be utilised throughout the remainder of 2021, starting with the Grande Premio 888 de Portugal. Homologated Digital Flag Panels provide excellent visibility at high speeds in all weather conditions. This makes it easier for the riders to know the status of the circuit during sessions and increasing safety significantly.
Particularly, EM Motorsport has vigorously tested its Flag Panels. It ensures that whatever the weather or lighting conditions, they can be seen clearly utilising a brightness of 64,000 candela per square meter. They have been the first to be homologated by the FIM and FIA.
The Flag Panels will be fully integrated into MotoGP’s current Race Control system. The panels 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 localised yellow flags and sector incidents. Marshals will be given full training on how to use the new panels before each event. The positions of the panels around the track will be determined by the FIM MotoGP Safety Officer. It is important that they are placed in the natural eyeline of the riders throughout the lap.