Winglets – The Commission GGPP, composed by Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna), Ignacio Verneda (FIM), Herve Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), decided at Assen to remove the winglets in MotoGP starting from the 2017 season. “The current rules will continue in Moto3 and Moto2. Here, the Winglets are already banning“, we can read in an official statement. Instead, Moto GP teams will use the winglets until the end of the season. “The teams can use the aerodynamic components in the rest of the 2016 season. In accordance with the existing regulations.”
The GGPP ban the winglets in Moto GP. Good news for some and bad for others. For example, Yamaha does not change much. However, the Ducati takes damage from this new decision. Andrea Dovizioso, on pole in the wet at Assen, will be for two years the Jorge Lorenzo’s teammate. By 2017, the Spaniard will be at Ducati. “We didn’t want to restrict the influence of aerodynamics in Moto GP. Today the security is most important. Some teams don’t want it for this reason. Now, we must understand the competitiveness of Ducati.” said the Italian about the new regulation.
Winglets: A Japanese’s Victory
For example, after the contact between Iannone and Lorenzo in Montmelo, Ducati’s winglets were immediately detached from the bike. So, it prevented a real danger for the two riders involved. This looks like a political victory for teams that have tried to adapt to the Ducati’s idea. However, the teams aren’t able to use like Ducati. “Like in F1 now we’ll have to look carefully at future regulation.” said the Ducati Corse team manager Davide Tardozzi. “It will be important to every word because what will not be banned will be allowed.” So, the Japanese brands have won. Because they were lagging behind. All had not mounted winglets. Denouncing the danger. Unfounded accusation. “Again, a bit of consistency would not have broken down.” added Tardozzi.