Aerodynamic additions banned from Moto2 and Moto3

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Aerodynamic features like the ‘wings’ currently fitted to Ducati’s MotoGP machine have been banned from Grand Prix’s support classes after a ruling today by the technical rules governing body the GP Commission.

The new ban will come into place immediately for Moto2, while the ruling for Moto3 will be delayed until the start of the 2017 season, after a number of teams already implemented the features into their 2016 fairing designs.

The Aspar Mahindra machines have been the first to appear with the wings in Moto3, while a radical set of rear vanes were ruled illegal for Dominique Aegerter’s Moto2 Kalex before last weekend’s opening round in Qatar.

The wings have raised a number of concerns in recent weeks, with MotoGP racer shouting out at the turbulence created by the Ducati’s wings when slipsteaming them on long straights.

However, the Grand Prix Commission’s ruling is more likely a consequence of cost cutting, with the development of complicated aerodynamics seen by many within the paddock as potentially an almost-bottomless pit of money for the sport, as it has been for F1.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer