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Wings on the Ducati

The fairings of factory Ducati riders Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden appeared with these small wings during Saturday at the German Grand Prix.

According to the team, the wings - located just below the white stripe on the fairing - are "designed to help prevent wheelies around the dramatic undulations of this circuit."



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kimey - Unregistered

July 17, 2010 8:35 PM

Nothing is new - just borrowed - Sheene did it years ago but he had to bolt them on. Also so much has been made about hero Rossi, but the great No 7 did much more whilst broken - he raced 7 weeks after that Daytona crash - just a little bit more serious that a broken leg at Mugello

JG - Unregistered

July 17, 2010 8:59 PM

I could be missing something fundamental here (probably am), but under normal conditions an F1 car is always upright so the aerodynamic forces from the wings is vertical - whereas bikes are put through big lean angles in corners, so in turn the forces would be as well. Could it be that the line about trying to lessen wheelies is a cover story and what they're either doing is trying to direct the airflow to the back of the bike (or through the radiator) better? Or perhaps they're counting on any downforce putting extra heat into the tyres? Physics never was my thing but there does seem to be more to this than Ducati are letting on.



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