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It’s fair to say that wings have ig­nited strong views in the past few months. The teams, at least at the minute, hate the wings on cost grounds. There’s no deny­ing that there’s a po­ten­tial to spend a huge amount of money on them – the rea­son why the Grand Prix Com­mis­sion has al­ready banned them in the sup­port classes.

Yet, there’s no com­plaints about cost from Du­cati, the big­gest user of the tech­nol­ogy to far. And it’s un­likely that aero­dy­nam­ics will be too ex­pen­sive for Honda and Yamaha, ei­ther.

Be­cause here’s the crux of the is­sue; Mo­togp is a pro­to­type class, all about de­vel­op­ing tech­nol­ogy for the fu­ture. And aero­dy­nam­ics is the per­fect ex­am­ple of the en­gi­neer­ing men­tal­ity that makes the se­ries what it is – ‘re­strict anti-wheelie elec­tron­ics? OK, we’ll de­velop a new so­lu­tion to the prob­lem!’

That leaves the riders’ con­cerns about safety. There have been com­plaints on the grounds that wings have the po­ten­tial to snag an­other rider, but this can be coun­tered be­cause they are not the widest part of the bike. Han­dle­bars and foot­pegs could equally snag an­other rider, but there are no calls to ban them!

Ul­ti­mately what no-one wants to find out is what hap­pens when a bike is forced onto the grass by a vor­tex of high-speed air while do­ing 200mph down a startfin­ish straight.

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