Scott Jones In The Desert: The Joy Of Technology From Qatar


The night rider


Your fuel tank probably does not look like that. The 0.1 is room to expand


Suzuki's exhaust has got a lot shorter since last year. Usually a sign of a factory chasing power


The GP15 from behind. Ducati have totally changed the routing on the rear exhaust


Perhaps the least comfortable position in which to conduct a rider interview...


All that glitters is not Ohlins


Shorter, blunter, compacter. The GP15 in a nutshell


The Suzuki GSX-RR is, if anything, even smaller


Down the rabbit hole. This pipe keeps getting shorter


#93


When Irish eyes are smiling. Which is not minutes before a race, thinks Eugene Laverty


The similarities between the GP15 and the RC213V are striking. The differences too, such as Honda's pursuit of exhaust length for tuning


The 41


Bewinged Iannone


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As an engineer, I really enjoy the technical side of the show.

Thanks.

P O R N

My favorite porn. Really enjoying your photos Scott! And enjoying sweet intrigue with the new Ducati. Nice looking, isn't it?

Scott, do you have a favorite bike and livery in the aesthetics dept?
Same for a rider and style to shoot, elbows down etc?

Your "bike is flying at lean in T1 at Laguna" entranced me. Beautiful!

Gratitude, appreciation and respect
-David

All that has been reported upon is that the winglets provide aero stability and downforce in the straights providing more power to the ground through the rear wheel without the electrics kicking in thus losing precious speed & momentum. Now, I know this may sound a little 'out there' and certainly no one has commented upon secondary functions of the winglets before. But has any thought or consideration been given to the winglets being in such a position & size to assist in recovery of losing the front end as it strikes me that they are of sufficient size and placement to provide such a function, or certainly if the bike were to slide it would reduce the amount of damage it would of otherwise received .
This may prove to be a nonsensical comment, but Reviewing the footage of the Qatar GP i find myself asking the question given the extent by which they protrude from the bike. Coupled with interviews before done with riders where comments such as 'I recovered the front end with my elbow etc'. I then place myself in the mind of one the team engineers where I would ask myself the question what could I provide to the rider to reduce the risk of this particular type of scenario from emerging, and if such a situation were to transpire what could I do to assist the rider. I don't know, thoughts anybody?

...my gut feeling is that they really are just there for the downforce. Whilst the position and even the angle of the outside edge of the wing support your theory (which I love btw, and it's great to see the intelligent, measured discussion on this site, compared to some of the other Neanderthalic input from commenters on other sites), I feel that they are designed to just snap off if they hit the deck.

They're only mounted to the fairing from what I can tell, and for them to support the weight of the bike for long enough that the rider can pick it back up in a low-side, then they'd need to be mounted to the frame or engine block, much like crash protectors on a traditional road bike. Were they to be mounted as such, then a high speed crash which involved them "catching" on something (kerbing, another bike, AstroTurf etc) would involve such force that they would contort the engine/frame very badly. Likely causing far more damage than your regular low side.

But, like your theory, that's just my two cents!

Winglets

This seems "what you see is what you get" (rarely the case on our GP bikes for tech developments these days eh?) - down force on front part of the chassis directly related to speed. Goal is to keep the bike settled, especially relative to how short it is front to rear geometry.

If an engineer has another thought re what is predominantly going on I am all ears...

Its just for moving the bikes around.
There is no use for the front brakes on those wheels and since one set of disk cost ££$$$ they just dont bother fitting a pair. The tyres are also often not "real" race tyres but just Slick from the bin. Seen a lot of these with special threads cun in them :)

Could be possible, within the rules, that the winglets be electronic, like used to be at some point in F1, in order to display them on straights and shut down on curves, or even change their angle?