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MotoGP wing ban wording

"The Technical Director will be the sole judge of whether a device or fairing design falls into the above definition".
MotoGP's 2017 ban on aerodynamic wings will be enforced by the following rule, agreed by the Grand Prix Commission at Misano:

"Devices or shapes protruding from the fairing or bodywork and not integrated in the body streamlining (e.g. wings, fins, bulges, etc.) that may provide an aerodynamic effect (e.g. providing downforce, disrupting aerodynamic wake, etc.) are not allowed.

"The Technical Director will be the sole judge of whether a device or fairing design falls into the above definition".

Giving the final say to the Technical Director avoids the need for an exact definition of such 'devices or shapes' to be written into the rules, although it was added that:

'Furthermore, to avoid that the front of the fairing is wing-shaped, with unpredictable safety results, the front of the fairing cannot protrude more than 150mm beyond a vertical line drawn through the front wheel spindle. (It should be noted that all fairings in current use already comply with this).'

Interestingly, the new rule does not ban the use of aerodynamic devices if they are enclosed within the fairing or bodywork...

By Peter McLaren

Tagged as: wings

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September 13, 2016 4:13 PM

All duc have to do then is fit secondary side panels that join the outer edges of the wings together, and which terminates at the bellypan and fairing, thereby rendering the wings non-protruding and integral to the fairing. What the bike's have now aren't actually wings (as they don't generate downforce via the bernoulli effect) they are more like fixed aelierons that simply generate a downward force as a component of the horizontal force generated by wind resistance. Regarding using them in road applications to 'increase safety', well, if you're riding your thou so hard you need to keep the front down at 100mph+ in order to allow the use of more throttle, then you're being unsafe by definition and short of removing all other road furnitures and users you're a huge margin away from 'safe', even if you're Rossi himself.


September 13, 2016 2:39 PM

wings on motorcycles are not innovation they have absolutely ZERO street use ducati need to focus on building a competitive motorcycle not relying on tricks and getting the rules bent in their favor when they lose 10 years in a row

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