Clipped wings Mo­togp’s tech­ni­cal changes

Man­u­fac­tur­ers un­veil a host of new tech in a bid to get up­per hand at first of­fi­cial test of 2017

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - SI­MON PAT­TER­SON MO­TOGP REPORTER IN SEPANG si­mon.pat­ter­son@mo­tor­cy­cle­

Mo­togp teams be­gan the cru­cial fi­nal phase of de­vel­op­ment at the first of­fi­cial test of the year at Sepang last week. Not only is each team fo­cus­ing on get­ting the right en­gine spec be­fore their mo­tors are sealed for the rest of the sea­son, they are also adapt­ing to a host of new rules.

The con­tro­ver­sial ‘wings’ have been banned, mean­ing that teams are now work­ing to im­prove anti-wheelie, cor­ner­ing and brak­ing sta­bil­ity with­out the now out­lawed aero­dy­namic aids.

The test was the first op­por­tu­nity to test what their en­gi­neers have been work­ing on over win­ter. The name of the game is to con­tinue to go as fast, if not faster, than last year de­spite the per­for­mance re­strict­ing rules.

MCN were on the ground, trawl­ing the pit lane in Malaysia to find out what each mar­que has done.

Yamaha’s wings now sit in a sec­ond skin within the main fair­ing

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