On Tuesday the FIM Court of Appeal disregarded Aprilia, Honda, Suzuki and KTM’s protest against the deflector which Qatar Grand Prix winner Ducati ran ahead of the back wheel of its own 20-19 bikes at Losail.
Ducati’s defence was that the component was used specifically to cool the back tyre, as opposed to for an aerodynamic advantage – that can be prohibited in that area.
Motorsport.com understands that a Honda representative approached Aldridge using a very similar design for its team’s motorcycle on Thursday ahead of this weekend Argentinian GP but homologation was denied when Aldridge was told the purpose of the device.
It seems that Honda’s move was a deliberate attempt to highlight the issues with the present regulations and also the FIM decision.
Aprilia main Massimo Rivola, whose team was the driving force behind the Ducati demonstration, had hinted that the others may make an effort to homologate designs identical to Ducati’s but pitched to be for aerodynamic functions.
“I wonder what would happen if somebody presented the same remedy as Ducati but, instead of talking about the cooling of the back tyre, publicly admitted that his aim was to build aerodynamic load” said Rivola.
Aprilia has made clear it is taking care of a winglet of its own, plus it wouldn’t be a surprise to visit Suzuki and KTM follow suit.
Yamaha has remained on the sidelines in the debate all through.