Ducati launches Aero “Stegosaurus” in British MotoGP training

The Italian manufacturer has been a leading technical innovator in MotoGP for a number of years now, being the first to truly develop aerodynamic wings on its bikes, as well as ride height devices that have been the focus of much controversy over the past year.

And on Friday at Silverstone in the final stages of FP2, Ducati Grisini dispatched Enea Bastianini And Bramak George Martin Off the track with a set of four ailerons – two on either side – mounted to the tail unit of the two riders’ bikes.

The configuration on both bikes was slightly different, and it is not yet clear exactly what Ducati’s intentions are with this latest development.

First impressions suggest Ducati is looking for more rear-loading to help with cornering.

Martin, who was 13th at the end of training, says he gained top speed in the new plane but finds he lost his agility.

“Well, it’s not just the wings, it’s also the front end,” Martin said when asked by Motorsport about Ducati’s latest upgrade.

“But the big thing I’ve seen is the butt. I can’t tell you much, I tried in the afternoon and wasn’t that fast in the afternoon when I tried a gift.

“So, in general I don’t know. We need to analyze and understand whether we should keep it or take it out.

“I felt it was more difficult in terms of changing direction, but in the long run it was better.

“At the end of the day, it’s a balance and we need to understand where we should go.”

Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing

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Bastianini’s evaluation provided more clues as to what Ducati might be looking for with the new wings, and the Gresini rider noted that he gained better grip when braking.

“The feeling is good at the moment,” Bastianini, who finished eighth overall on Friday, said of the wings.

“Tomorrow we have to try to see if it’s better or not, because I had to go back to normal and after we try it again because it’s important to understand if it’s better or not.

“But my first impression is that it’s better when braking, it’s more stable, and it’s also not bad for speed. I think that’s good for tomorrow in qualifying.

“[Ducati said] in this part [it would help me]. I think the braking is the strongest point of these wings.”

Miguel Oliveira, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

Miguel Oliveira, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

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KTM brings noise with the latest upgrade

It wasn’t just Ducati that showed interest in its motorcycles on Friday at Silverstone, as KTM introduced a new exhaust design for its first weekend race.

The exhaust, which runs along the side of the bike and up to the tail unit, was first tested in Jerez’s post-race test.

The new tube, according to Miguel OliveiraIt’s more about comfort than overall performance because it reduces vibration.

“We tried to get a little more performance out of the exhaust and try to get a better connection just by not having a lot of vibration and that’s basically how we felt,” said the Portuguese rider.

“The exhaust really doesn’t give a lot of back-to-back comparisons [with the old one] On speed and on strength. But it feels good. Yes, it seems [it’s more about comfort].

“I prefer the new sound because it sounds smooth, and the sound is also different because it gives more comfort that way.”

The louder sound generated by the exhaust was a request from riders after the Jerez test as the previous version proved too quiet, making it difficult for them to understand exactly what their bike was doing when riding in groups.

“It’s a little weird because it’s not that loud, it was much quieter and sometimes you’re not quite sure if I was in the right position or something because the tone was so low that you feel like you did something wrong,” Brad Pender He pointed out.

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