Grand Prix Commission bans Moto3 winglets immediately

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The Grand Prix Commission, MotoGP’s top rule-making body, have elected to move forward the ban on winglets in the Moto3 class, moving forward the rule change initially set to come into place at the end of the season.

Mainly affecting the factory Mahindras, who tested the drag-reduction winglets at the start of the season, the rule brings Moto3 into line with the middleweight Moto2s, who saw the technology banned from the opening round at Qatar.

However, the commission have yet to announce their plans with regards to the aerodynamic features in the premiere class. Exploding in popularity this season, many want them banned from MotoGP machines for both safety and cost grounds.

However, with the genie out of the bottle, it may be that the cost will only continue to increase despite a ban, as evidenced by the updated Mahindra fairing with a heavily-changed aerodynamic design on the bellypan.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer