MotoGP’s Technical Director Says Most Teams Still Hiding New Fairings Before Qatar Debut

Danny Aldridge

We’ve already written about Yamaha’s debut of a new fairing designed to provide down-force in compliance with MotoGP’s ban on external wings beginning this year. You can see a comparison photo that illustrates what Yamaha has done below.

A few days ago, we also wrote about the circumstances existing before the first race in Qatar later this month, i.e., that most teams are still hiding their new fairing designs prior to the forced introduction of them at the Qatar Grand Prix — the deadline is 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday prior to the March 26 race.

Now, Crash.net has published an interview with MotoGP technical director Danny Aldridge, a man with a background in aviation engineering, who must personally approve the new fairings used by each team. We suggest you take a look at the full interview, but here are some highlights.

Aldridge is surprised that Yamaha has already shown their first design, although some of the other teams have shown him designs in private. The fairing design used at Qatar on March 26 can only be changed one time thereafter during the 2017 series. He also talks about the primary concern with the incorporation of aerodynamic down-force into the fairing which is safety of riders who could be injured (even impaled) by the external wings permitted last year.

So watch for photos of the new fairing designs from the various manufacturers as they hit the internet later this month.  Indeed, some of the new fairings may debut this weekend during the final, official MotoGP test (also at Qatar).

Yamaha has already shown a new fairing with wings inside the outer edge (photo at right).

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