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Ducati rethinking MotoGP winglet-replacement radical fairing

Andrea Dovizioso Ducati fairing Qatar MotoGP test

Ducati is rethinking its approach to a winglet-replacement fairing for its MotoGP bike, after being unhappy with the results its initial, radical design delivered.

Having led the development race with the now-banned winglets, Ducati also opted for the most-distinctive solution to replace them.

However the fairing design tested at Qatar pre-season and then at Jerez after the first race was found to be costing too much straightline speed.

It is understood that reduction was nearly 6mph during the Qatar test, which means the concept will not be used.

"It's impossible to replace the winglets from last year," Andrea Dovizioso said.

"We are working on that to try, but it's very, very difficult.

Andrea Dovizioso Ducati fairing Qatar MotoGP test

"It's a balance. When we tried [the fairing], we analysed the balance and it wasn't good enough at this point."

Team-mate Jorge Lorenzo agreed that "theoretically [the fairing] was the best solution to put pressure on the front tyre" but it did not deliver overall.

"For the moment that one has more weak points than strong points, so we are still investigating more to see if we can find something," he said.

"But it's going to be difficult."

Ducati and Honda are the only MotoGP manufacturers yet to use a revised fairing on their bikes so far in 2017.

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