16 Agosto 2017

David against Goliath

MotoGP | Championship | Grand Prix | Ducati | Desmodromico | Made in Italy | Aerodynamics | GP17

Ducati's (and Dovizioso) net victory over the Austrian circuit marks a fundamental divide for the continuation of the championship. First of all for the points earned that allow Andrea to aim for even more decision-making when he misses seven races at the end of the championship. In this context, the Italian rider, who has been running the most beautiful and profitable season since he came to the queen class, showed unmatched maturity and malice, especially by comparing his agility performance in 2017 with the previous vintages. Undoubtedly, the rider believes that he believes (and the number of victories, three such as Marquez and Vinales, is there to prove it) but also the great teamwork that allowed "to put wings" on a Ducati that someone, perhaps For fear, he wanted to slow down by banning aerodynamic appendices. Ducati invested heavily in the aerodynamic study, both in terms of money and experimentation, accumulating an enviable know-how. When the first wings appeared, the initial skepticism of the opponents took on the frantic journey to study and see if and what benefits could produce those curious appendices. Of course, whoever comes first arrives before and Ducati has taken advantage of the track. Until the end of 2016, when, for security reasons, the wings that protruded from the fairing were banned. Finished story? Absolutely yes. Indeed no, because with italic genius (and a pinch of controversy) at Borgo Panigale have studied a completely unpublished solution to find the lost aerodynamic effect. And since the regulations imposed a maximum number of hulls that could be approved in the course of the season, to avoid discovering (and copying) the drawings of the new wings, the presentation of the final version deliberately delayed. Curiously, the Japanese have developed similar solutions that include a kind of double side skirt in which to insert small fins. Ducati, on the other hand, has, on the backdrop of past seasons, continued on the concept of wings applied around the cupola, tapping the latter and mounting the flaps that did not protrude beyond the contour of the front lace thanks to real side deflectors. A similar but less extreme solution has been carried out by Aprilia. Someone has claimed that Ducati has disregarded the spirit with which the rule of the wings was created for 2017. Someone else mixed the Japanese and Italian solutions (such as KTM) inspiring some opponents of the rising sun. Others have simply questioned the regularity of Ducati's aerodynamics. But the result is that without the opponents having time to study, copy and develop similar solutions, the new fairing has been homologated and has made its debut by convincing and winning both drivers and the stopwatch. To conclude, we have some statements from the General Manager of Ducati Corse Luigi Dall'Igna that perfectly summarize what has just been described: "... the Japanese banned our wings, but they could not stop us from thinking. They said they were dangerous, but it was a lie. The truth is that we were stronger and we would be getting better and more. We Italians are quicker to solve the problems. One hundred mechanics of Borgo Panigale against thousands of Japanese brains. But we have ingenuity, inventiveness and imagination. With the new hull the performance only improved by 30-40% compared to the previous solution, but they were enough to make it clear to our opponents that they should focus on aerodynamics, but they will put us a bit before we understand what we have learned. " And if this is not enough, it seems that Borgo Panigale still has a couple of "genialate" made in Italy.

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