Ducati debuts ‘Stegosaurus’ aero at British MotoGP practice

The Italian manufacturer has been MotoGP’s leading technical innovator for several years, as it was the first to introduce aerodynamic wings to its bikes, as well as the ride height devices that have been at the center of much debate over the past year. .

And on Friday at Silverstone in the closing stages of FP2, Ducati sent Gresini’s Enea Bastianini and Pramac’s Jorge Martin off the track with a set of four winglets – two on either side – fitted to both riders’ tail units. ‘bikes.

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

First impressions suggested that Ducati was looking for more rear load to perhaps help in the corners.

Martin, who was 13th at the end of practice, said he gained top speed with the new aero but lost agility.

“Well, they are not only wings, it is also the front fairing,” said Martin when asked by Motorsport about the latest Ducati aero upgrade.

“But the big thing you saw was the back. I can’t tell you a lot, I tried in the afternoon and I wasn’t fast in the afternoon when I tried the fairing.

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

“I felt it was a bit harder in the change of direction, but in the straight it was better.

“At the end of the day, it’s a balance and we have to understand which side to go with.”

Enea Bastianini, Career of Gresini

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Bastianini’s assessment offers more clues as to what Ducati might be looking for in the new wings, as the Gresini rider noted that he got better stability under braking.

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

“Tomorrow, we have to try to know if it is better or not, because I had to come back to the normal one and after we try it again because it’s important to understand if it is better or not.

“But my first impression is that under braking is better, more stable, and the speed is not bad. I think for tomorrow it will be good for qualifying.

“[Ducati said] in this part [it would help me]. I think 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 the noise with the latest upgrade

Ducati wasn’t the only one to love its motorcycles on Friday at Silverstone, as KTM introduced a new exhaust design on a race weekend for the first time.

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

The new pipe, according to Miguel Oliveira, is more about offering comfort than full performance because it reduces vibration.

“We tried to get a little more performance from the exhaust and try to get a better connection just by having less vibration and this is exactly what we felt,” said the Portuguese rider.

“The exhaust really doesn’t give much in back-to-back comparisons [with the old one] in speed, in power. But it gives a good feeling. Yes, it seems [it’s more about comfort].

“I prefer the new one because it looks smoother, and also sounds different because it gives a little more comfort that way.”

The louder volume delivered by the exhaust was a request made by riders following 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 the package.

“It’s a bit strange because it’s not too loud, It’s quieter and sometimes you’re not sure if you’re in the right gear or what because the tone is so low it’s like you’ve done something wrong. ,” said Brad Binder.

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