MotoGP Bans Winglets From 2017 Season; Ducati Unhappy

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The Ducati MotoGP team has made tremendous progress, which is reflected by the riders. Previous riders explained that the Ducati machine has too much power, which cannot be laid on the tarmac easily. Major issue with the bike was wheeling and this was solved by winglets.

MotoGP officials have decided to ban winglets on the bike due to safety reasons. The winglet ban will be effective from the 2017 season. Currently, all teams participating in the 2016 MotoGP Championship are making use of winglets for better performance.

Engineers explain that winglets reduce the use of electronic aids such as anti-wheeling. The aerodynamic downforce created by winglets help in traction as well as keeping the front wheel down while accelerating. MotoGP riders have clearly benefitted from using winglets on their bikes.

Gigi Dall'Igna, Ducati Team Manager, believes that the ban on winglets is unfair. Rival teams do not want to give Ducati an edge over others. The Italian-based manufacturer began to use winglets in 2015. Since then, every factory machine utilises aerodynamic winglets.

The ban of winglets has been taken into consideration post Pedrosa and Dovizioso's clash at US GP. A minor incident where Marc Marquez's bike camera was dislodged owing to Andrea Iannone's Ducati and the winglets on his bike.

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Story first published: Friday, July 8, 2016, 14:48 [IST]
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