Honda was among the four premier-class manufacturers that flew Ducati in the aftermath of the Qatar MotoGP opener, also questioning the legality of this’spoon’ appendage that featured over the rear of both Desmosedici GP19 bikes in the race.
The protest was thrown out by the FIM stewards at the race,” but had been subsequently known into the MotoGP Court of Appeals, that is supposed to rule on the matter before the following race in Argentina.
Ducati tech chief gi-gi Dall’Igna says he could be irked by Honda’s involvement in the protest, in the place of Aprilia’s, Suzuki’s or KTM’s.
“I was surprised by the behavior of Honda that, in addition to being a protagonist of the world championship, is also one of the founding fathers of contemporary MotoGP together with Ducati and Yamaha [which didn’t protest],” Dall”Igna told Sky Italia.
“I really don’t have much to say about it in the case of both KTM and Aprilia. When I had them right now, I would be considering some thing different and seeking to produce the bike a little.
“The way Suzuki and Honda usually takes is different, since they can take a true benefit of a potential disqualification of both [Qatar GP winner Andrea] Dovizioso and Ducati from the first race of the tournament . ”
Ducati believes the legality of this appendage was covered by an email from MotoGP technical director Danny Aldridge ahead of Qatar, although Aprilia, that was the driving force involving the protest, has promised that Aldridge had previously told it the same role would be dominated prohibited.
“Until now, all disputes of a technical nature had been resolved either within the Producers’ Organization or by simply discussing them with the technical director,” Dall’Igna continuing.
“the actual simple fact that Honda has contested the decisions of this technical director sets us in a situation to improve the challenge of if to make a complaint .
“Honda’s wings are seriously harmful to all of us. Not only that, but since they’re created with this type of slim foundation, but they may be subject to significant deformation from the loads they’re exposed to, and therefore could quite possibly carry out the use of movable aerodynamic devices [which are prohibited ].
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
“We hadn’t ever believed a complaint in this regard, but if anybody, particularly Honda, has contested the job of Danny Aldridge, we can evaluate a potential complaint in future races. ”
The debate within Ducati’s device hinges on whether or not its main purpose is to cool the rear tyre, as the manufacturer claims, as opposed to generate downforce.
“We’re definitely calm, as our device can be used to cool both the rear rubber and we’ve got evidence to establish this,” Dall’Igna explained.
“We have so much evidence that arouses our behaviour, we aren’t worried whatsoever. ”
Ducati sporting director Paolo Ciabatti has previously suggested that the protest was “political” in character.
“I think they wished to intimidate us and stop us from using part that had been approved by the technical director,” said Dall’Igna.
“Clearly we made a decision to use this and they then found themselves forced to continue in a scenario that, if I were in their shoes, I would find embarrassing. ”
Danilo Petrucci, Ducati Team