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