DUCATI MOTOGP TEAM RUNS RADICAL NEW AERO FAIRING IN BRNO PRACTICE
Ducati unveiled a radical new type of aerodynamic MotoGP fairing in second practice for the Czech Grand Prix at Brno.
The Italian manufacturer, which pioneered the now-banned winglets that this year’s new generation of fairings are designed to replace, equipped one of Jorge Lorenzo’s two bikes with the new bodywork in practice two.
It appeared in the closing stages of the session, once the track had fully dried, with Lorenzo immediately going quicker than he had previously.
Team-mate Andrea Dovizioso did not try the new design, which features two large sculpted elements extending either side of the bike, just above the front wheel.
Dovizioso topped the session, while Lorenzo ended up 15th.
Ducati previously experimented with another new fairing earlier in the year in Qatar testing, but this was never raced and was ultimately abandoned as it resulted in a lower top speed.
Honda has also brought a new fairing to Brno, with factory riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa using slightly different versions, one larger than the other.
These are of a similar concept to the fairing that was introduced in pre-season testing by Yamaha and has been raced on several occasions since.