No more mous­tache type fair­ings for GP bikes from next year.

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE - — Wit­ness Re­porter.

will look a lit­tle less stream­lined from next year after the Grand Prix Com­mis­sion re­cently unan­i­mously agreed to ban aero­dy­namic wings in the Mo­toGP class from 2017.

The ac­tual reg­u­la­tion will repli­cate those for the Moto3 and Moto2 classes where the use of wings is al­ready prohibited.

Wings that com­ply with cur­rent tech­ni­cal reg­u­la­tions may con­tinue to be used for the re­main­der of the 2016 sea­son.

The com­mis­sion ex­plained the ban, stat­ing the pro­trud­ing car­bon fi­bre wings are seen as a po­ten­tial danger for the rid­ers in case of an ac­ci­dent. Du­cati GM Corse Gigi Dall’Igna said in an in­ter­view with Ital­ian he felt other teams wanted to pe­nalise Du­cati un­der the “the rather ridicu­lous ex­cuse of safety”.

“We be­lieve that the wings make the bike safer, not the op­po­site, be­cause they keep the front wheel at­tached to the ground and im­prove di­rec­tion­al­ity. There have been ac­ci­dents in the past and the rid­ers in­volved have never been in­jured.

“Safety has been used as an ex­cuse by those want­ing to pe­nalise us. I’m sure that next year we’ll nev­er­the­less have a com­pet­i­tive bike, even with­out winglets.”


The Yamaha M1 of wheelpop­ping Jorge Lorenzo sports han­dle­bar­mous­tache wings in an ef­fort to keep the rub­ber on the floor, but from next year they have to be trimmed.

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