Ducati swingarm aerodynamic devices in spotlight

Andrea Dovizioso and the Mission Winnow Ducati Team kicked off the 2019 MotoGP season with a bang, claiming the opening round win over the weekend, but not without causing some controversy with the machines of Dovizioso, Danilo Petrucci (sixth at Qatar) and Jack Miller (DNF at Qatar) coming under the spotlight, with other teams protesting the swingarm aerodynamic devices. See below the official statement:

MotoGP Qatar Rnd Dovizioso swingarm
Andrea Dovizioso and the swingarm aerodynamic device

VisitQatar Grand Prix protests referred to MotoGP Court of Appeals

Over the weekend at the Qatar round of the MotoGP Championship, the FIM MotoGP Stewards Panel received protests concerning aerodynamic devices on the rear swing arm of Ducati machinery ridden by Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow Ducati Team), Danilo Petrucci (Mission Winnow Ducati Team) and Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing).

The protests were made by Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, Repsol Honda Team and Team Suzuki Ecstar, who presented their concerns to the FIM MotoGP Stewards Panel. Based on guidelines and regulations currently in force, the FIM MotoGP Stewards Panel rejected their protests and the result of the VisitQatar Grand Prix remains in standing. An appeals process is ongoing.

The protests have now been referred to MotoGP Court of Appeals.

Qatar MotoGP Race Results

1Andrea DoviziosoITADucati42’36.902
2Marc MarquezSPAHonda+0.023
3Cal CrutchlowGBRHonda+0.320
4Alex RinsSPASuzuki+0.457
5Valentino RossiITAYamaha+0.600
6Danilo PetrucciITADucati+2.320
7Maverick ViñalesSPAYamaha+2.481
8Joan MirSPASuzuki+5.088
9Takaaki NakagamiJPNHonda+7.406
10Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia+9.636
11Franco MorbidelliITAYamaha+9.647
12Pol EspargaroSPAKTM+12.774
13Jorge LorenzoSPAHonda+14.307
14Andrea IannoneITAAprilia+14.349
15Johann ZarcoFRAKTM+15.093
16Fabio QuartararoFRAYamaha+15.905
17Miguel OliveiraPORKTM+16.377
18Karel AbrahamCZEDucati+22.972
19Tito RabatSPADucati+23.039
20Hafizh SyahrinMALKTM+43.242
Not Classified
/Bradley SmithGBRAprilia2 Laps
/Jack MillerAUSDucati10 Laps
/Francesco BagnaiaITADucati13 Laps


MotoGP Championship Standings

1Andrea DoviziosoDucatiITA25
2Marc MarquezHondaSPA20
3Cal CrutchlowHondaGBR16
4Alex RinsSuzukiSPA13
5Valentino RossiYamahaITA11
6Danilo PetrucciDucatiITA10
7Maverick ViñalesYamahaSPA9
8Joan MirSuzukiSPA8
9Takaaki NakagamiHondaJPN7
10Aleix EspargaroApriliaSPA6
11Franco MorbidelliYamahaITA5
12Pol EspargaroKTMSPA4
13Jorge LorenzoHondaSPA3
14Andrea IannoneApriliaITA2
15Johann ZarcoKTMFRA1
16Fabio QuartararoYamahaFRA0
17Miguel OliveiraKTMPOR0
18Karel AbrahamDucatiCZE0
19Tito RabatDucatiSPA0
20Hafizh SyahrinKTMMAL0
21Bradley SmithApriliaGBR0
22Jack MillerDucatiAUS0
23Francesco BagnaiaDucatiITA0

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