motorcyclingAnd here is the “Ducatidesmosedicirex”…
It is not yet known whether the last birth that took place in the park of Borgo Panigale, in the maternity hospital of Professor Gigi Dall’Igna, is a predator that will devour all its contemporaries. One thing is certain: there is no better way to talk about yourself.
- Jean-Claude Schertenleib
Four fins, like four gears, on the rear back. Fins placed in such a way that they could have an effect on the airflow behind the pilot, but could also provide additional support, especially in the angle: observers wonder, Gigi Dall’Igna, the chief engineer from Ducati, he smiles. The man who revolutionized modern MotoGP by always imagining, over the years, aerodynamic elements of all kinds, has just delivered a big blow. And it’s so big that, in the Silverstone paddock, we first wondered if it was just a joke!
The two drivers who tested the new rear on Friday were Enea Bastianini and Jorge Martin: “I was planning to test this novelty this morning, but after my accident in FP1, our work program had to be modified,” he explain at the end of this first day of testing Francesco Bagnaia, number 1 at the factory. “I can’t wait to try my turn,” Pecco continues. Aeneas (Bastianini) he seemed to have trouble in the morning with his usual machine, and in the afternoon he did much better with the fins. Maybe that gives an advantage.”
One problem: access!
After the moment of excitement, Enea Bastianini was the first to go out on the track with the new element: “It’s much more difficult to get on the bike”, laughs the triple winner of the first half of the season. And, more seriously: “Of course, it’s too early to give a final judgment, but I feel that I have more stability when braking.”
Market: Why wait?
Only one formalization during the summer (Rins to LCR-Honda), two transfers registered before the break (Miller to KTM, Alex Márquez to Ducati-Gresini) so now we expect to formalize what seems to have been acquired, like the passages of Joan Mir to Repsol-Honda and that of Miguel Oliveira in the RNF-Aprilia team?
At KTM – Binder and Miller at the factory – it is very likely that we will take advantage of the home GP, the weekend of August 21 in Austria, to give the names (Pol Espargaró and?) of the riders who will work on the structure of ‘Hervé Poncharal.
At Ducati, the distribution of seats is planned for Misano, two weeks later. But what about Honda and what will be the second Aprilia team? If entrepreneurs are in a strong position, ah, the law of supply and demand! – there may be another element that could influence future decisions. And it refers to Yamaha…
A contract is negotiated
We know that Yamaha will only have two riders on the track next year. Fabio Quartararo – agreement extended for the next two seasons – and Franco Morbidelli, who still has a year of contract in his pocket. But here it is: a contract, if not broken (although…), is negotiated. And the stunning “Frankie” of two years ago is now just a shadow of his former self.
The second part of this season began, for him, as the first had gone: on Friday, while his teammate Fabio Quartararo set the fastest time, the Italian-Brazilian had to settle for the twentieth time, at 1, 2 seconds of his. leader While there are plenty of assets at Ducati and Aprilia, while Marc Márquez’s isolation should be reduced with the arrival of Rins and Mir at Honda, while KTM will have three experienced men, Yamaha may run the risk of base its action only on the one and only brilliant Quartararo? To own…