Stoner to kick off Ducati aero testing at Sepang in three weeks

No wings, so the aero will have to be on the fairing inner
No wings, so the aero will have to be on the fairing inner Picture: Bonnie Lane

Former MotoGP champ Casey Stoner will kick off Ducati’s 2017 testing schedule at Sepang later this month, focusing on alternatives to replace the now wingless fairing panels.

Wings were controversially banned for the start of this year - a step the Borgo Panigale management team were not happy about - so alternatives are now being sought to replicate the advantages found.

Davide Tardozzi believes that even some of the riders who called wings useless have now realised how much lower stability under braking is without them and Stoner, plus Michele Pirro, will be evaluating bodywork which will have some aerodynamic properties which are not visible.

None of the MotoGP teams will be able to tinker right through the season, as only two fairing designs will be allowed through the year and both will have to be approved by series technical boss Danny Aldridge before the start of the Losail race. Ducati have already got the nod on one, so will now focus on a second.

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