WINGS FACE THE CHOP FOR 2017
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