MotoGP Misano: Aprilia trials Ducati-style fairing in practice
|By Oriol Puigdemont and Jamie Klein||Friday, September 8th 2017, 16:04 GMT|
Aprilia MotoGP rider Aleix Espargaro trialled a new type of aerodynamic fairing in Friday's second practice session for the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano.
The bodywork, an evolution of the modified fairing that has already been used extensively by Aprilia this season, features a pair of outsize sculpted wings that bear a strong resemblance to those used in recent races by Ducati.
Sam Lowes did not sample the new fairing, which was first used during a private test at Misano before making its public debut on Friday at the Italian venue.
Espargaro said he had lobbied Aprilia to bring revised bodywork after he sampled this year's RS-GP with the now-banned winglets that this year's new generation of fairings are designed to replace.
"In the test here we tried last year's winglets, I liked it a lot, so I tried to push the engineers to make a new fairing and they did a really great job," said Espargaro.
"The fairing is fantastic, I improve a lot the feeling, especially in the fast corners with this fairing.
"I'm very happy and for sure we will keep using it."
Speaking on Thursday, Lowes said he hoped to sample the latest fairing next time out in Aragon if it worked well on Espargaro's bike.
"This weekend, I've got the standard fairing and the 'evo' one I've been using quite a lot this year," said the British rider.
"Aleix doesn't like the 'evo' one so much that I'm using.
"If it's good, maybe in Aragon I can have it."