WINGS FACE THE CHOP FOR 2017

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

Du­cati have pi­o­neered aero­dy­namic wings this year - with many ri­val teams fol­low­ing suit Ð but they wonõt be al­lowed to con­tinue with the con­tro­ver­sial pro­tru­sions next sea­son.

The ban comes af­ter Mo­tog­põs se­nior rule-mak­ing body the Grand Prix Com­mis­sion clar­i­fied the word­ing of next yearõs ban on aero­dy­namic fea­tures like the winglets in the pre­miere class.

The newly-con­firmed reg­u­la­tions bring a com­plete ban to any Ôde­vices or shapesõ that pro­trude from the fair­ing. The new word­ing in the rules ex­tends the ban not only to winglets like those used dur­ing the 2016 sea­son by most fac­tory bikes, but also to com­po­nents such as the aero­dy­namic bulges orig­i­nally in­tro­duced to fair­ing de­sign as far back as the turn of the cen­tury.

The rules have been fur­ther ex­tended to also clar­ify ex­actly what is al­lowed in terms of front fair­ing shape, af­ter talk of some teams work­ing to cre­ate ad­ven­ture bikestyle Ôbeaks.õ From 2017, the front of the fair­ing can­not pro­trude more than 150mm be­yond a ver­ti­cal line drawn through the front wheel spin­dle Ð a rule that no cur­rent fair­ing breaks.

How­ever, with the ge­nie now out of the bot­tle, many in the pad­dock ex­pect the de­vel­op­ment into the ef­fects of aero­dy­nam­ics to con­tinue in the fu­ture, po­ten­tially through the use of fair­ings unique to ev­ery track or through new and cur­rently un­leg­is­lated fea­tures.

‘ Teams could po­ten­tially use new fair­ings at each track’

It’s def­i­nitely good­bye to wings for next sea­son

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