Honda copies Ducati’s dragon tail

It was at the British GP, last August, when Ducati once again gave a twist to the aerodynamics section and took the competition with a changed foot. He did it by putting new wings on the tail of the Desmosedici on Enea Bastianini’s and Jorge Martín’s bikes at Silverstone that resembled the tail of a dragon or, as the Italian rider himself said, a Pokemon, and there are those who see in it a dinosaur.

Not even the Ducati riders knew exactly what they were used for, but they have become common as the races have passed, they have spread to the rest of the bikes from the house of Borgo Panigale and Now Honda has chosen to copy Gigi Dall’Igna’s latest invention. He has brought it to the Australian GP and has installed it on one of Marc Márquez’s bikes, who already advanced on Thursday that we would see some change in the aerodynamic package of his Honda.

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While, at Ducati, they laugh when they see that they copy them again, like with the spoon or rear spoiler, with the front wings or with the holeshot systems, both front and rear dynamic, and start the Australian GP leading FP1 with Johann Zarco at the front of the time table. The Frenchman set the fastest time in a session without rain, but with the asphalt somewhat damp from the rain that had fallen in the previous days, with an advantage of 0.091 over Miller. The two from Ducati were followed by Álex Márquez, Rins, Aleix, Bastianini, Márquez, Bagnaia, Di Giannantonio and Bezzecchi, who closed the top ten places with provisional direct access to Q2.

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Returning to the theme of wings on the tail, a quote: “I feel that the bike is a little more stable when braking and the speed is not bad,” Bastianini said at the time of the premiere of the new contraption, also commenting that it was now more difficult for him get on the motorcycle. Let’s see what the Repsol Honda says about this kind of dragon’s tail and how it feels to the Honda. At the moment, his best time in FP1 was with the previous version.

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