RTL Today – Motorcycles: Ducati shows off new wings at Silverstone


New aerodynamic wings were fitted to the rear of the Ducatis of Enea Bastianini and Jorge Martin at Silverstone during the second free practice session.

Always at the forefront of technological advances, and sometimes against all odds, Ducati is testing new aerodynamic devices for its MotoGP prototypes. The Italian manufacturer unveiled this Friday, at Silverstone, new parts, namely vertical fins and slightly inclined outwards, installed at the rear of the machine.

The first to hit the track equipped with these fins was Enea Bastianini, of the Gresini Racing team, during the second free practice session of the British Grand Prix. Jorge Martin, who drives for Prima Pramac Racing, followed suit a few minutes later. The first has the GP21 model of the Desmosedici, while the second rolls with the GP22.

It is not surprising that these two men were designated to release this device. Ducati is indeed taking advantage of having eight riders on the grid so that the new products can be tried out by the satellite teams, before giving them to the factory team if the test proves conclusive. Ducati Lenovo Team’s Francesco Bagnaia had complained that he had too many elements to try at the Qatar Grand Prix; this work has since been largely transferred to the drivers of the satellite teams, as is the case at Silverstone.

It’s also worth noting that the two riders chosen to install these fins are the two currently vying for the last available spot on the factory team in 2023. This may be a coincidence, but it could also mean that Ducati is testing the Italian and Spanish language skills in the development, collection and delivery of information.



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