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
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