News 23 Mar 2016

Wings banned in Moto2 and Moto3 categories

Lower tiers won't be permitted for use in the future.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Grand prix racing’s commission has moved to ban wings from being used in the Moto2 and Moto3 categories of the world championship following a meeting at Qatar’s opening round last weekend.

Wings have been the latest widespread addition to MotoGP’s factory teams of Ducati, Honda and Yamaha, sweeping the Losail podium courtesy of world champion Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso and Marc Marquez.

The ban will be effective immediately in the mid-tier Moto2 division, which utilises Honda control engines contained by grand prix chassis, while Moto3 teams will be forced to cease using wings by 2017.

“The use of aerodynamic wings in these classes will be banned,” a statement confirmed. “For the Moto2 class the ban is effective immediately. For the Moto3 class, where some aerodynamic wings are currently being used, the ban is effective from 2017.

“The technical director will continue to permit the use of fairing designs used to deflect water displaced by the front wheel that do not have an aerodynamic purpose.”