‘IT’S WHAT MOTOGP IS ALL ABOUT’
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.