Danny Aldridge, Technical Director at MotoGP, has spoken out in regards to Ducati’s new controversial fairing, claiming that the fairing appears to be legal.
Fairings are bit of a weird subject in MotoGP. While very few will deny the potential aero gains that the bikes would receive under a successful implementation, many believe that the concept is still not wholly fleshed out, which could cause some problematic issues to arise later. For others, however, it’s purely an affront on the aesthetics of MotoGP.
Regardless of one’s opinion of them, Ducati’s most recent reveal of their 2017 bike fairing is quite an aggressive and bulky-looking affair. The fairing appears to extend quite a way out away from the bike to provide maximum airflow – but is such a radical design legal? Danny Aldridge, MotoGP’s technical director has spoken out on his views regarding the fairing, stating that while he has not made a final decision yet, he see’s nothing illegal about the design:
“I hadn’t seen the Ducati fairing before it was used in Qatar. I’ve since been in contact with Ducati and they’ve sent some details, but I haven’t officially confirmed that it will be okay. I don’t see a concern with it, from what I have seen, and also because I asked Mike Webb (Race Director and former Technical Director) to take a look in Qatar. We have been discussing it quite a lot.
“To explain what I look for; if you took the Ducati fairing and filled-in all of the cutaways it would just look like a big, bulbous, fairing. You can say it bulges out at the top, but the fairing always used to bulge out in that area for the protection of the hands. It’s just more square now.
“So I’m not overly worried about the Ducati, I think it’ll be fine to be honest. It does however look like they have fixed their design; meaning they can’t do like Yamaha and change any internal winglets. Or potentially do like Honda and remove the whole aero section and put it back on when they need it. The Ducati fairing looks like one complete piece.” – Danny Aldridge