Ducati brings out the ugly stick

Ugly Ducati MotoGP bike

Ducati has rolled out an ugly new MotoGP fairing that sparks concerns it could be included on the new V4 sportsbike to be unveiled on September 7 before the Missano MotoGP.

Even though Ducati makes some beautiful bikes, they have been guilty of some unsightly bikes in the past – the 906 Paso, 999 and original “Uglystrada” spring to mind.

So there could be real concern that the V4 may have something as ridiculous as this bold new fairing.

The new aerodynamic MotoGP rolled out at practice for the Czech Grand Prix.Ugly Ducati MotoGP bike

It has been referred to as a hammer head fairing, but it looks more like the headpiece for the habit worn by Sally Field in The Flying Nun. It not only looks ugly, but it’s almost laughable.

It’s a replacement for the equally ugly and ridiculous winglets that they tried last year. They were thankfully banned!

2016 Ducati MotoGP bike wings
2016 Ducati MotoGP bike wings

At least Ducati is trying new things, but please, don’t put this fairing on the V4.

Winning races helps to win over the minds of prospective buyers. However, they also have to win their hearts and they won’t do that with an ugly bike, no matter how successful it is on the track.

The new V4 superbike will be powered by a version of the MotoGP Desmosedici 1000cc V4, developing about 205-210bhp in road trim and more than 230bhp in a track-only version.

It is expected to come in an R version with an 1198cc engine, the base and S models with a 1285cc engine and possibly a 1000cc version so it can go racing.

Ducati World Superbike racing boss Paolo Ciabatti says they will race with the Panigale into 2018, but Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali confirms the V4 “would absolutely race in WSB” … eventually.

Ducati also says the Panigale name will live and that they will “continue to design, develop and produce twin-cylinder superbikes, but not with a displacement of 1299” like the current L-twin Panigale.

4 Comments

  1. Maybe a different paint job would help the Ducati “hammer head” fairing.

    Bikes are rarely designed with even a gentle tipover in mind, but that hammerhead fairing would suffer so badly in a drop and slide.
    I suspect people would buy into it if there were some real-world benefits in rider comfort or high speed stability You wouldn’t buy one of those for its touring economy.
    Remember the BMW K1? Very aerodynamic and hence fairly economical at speed in its day but now it’s just a footnote in bike aero history.

    The Ducati hammer head fairing is certainly something to differentiate the Ducati from the rest of the MotoGP pack.
    I can see how MotoGP rules may restict fairly size or coverage to make the riders (and the logos on their leathers) more visible to the viewers. Y’know, if you paint both a MotoGP bike and road-registerable sports bike grey *all* over, I reckon most non-bike people could not tell the difference between them. No doubt this allows the marketing departments to sleep at night.
    Compare just about any road car and a Formula One car and from 100 yards away the difference is obvious to anyone with functioning eyes.
    Aero is aero. Good aero gives you better economy or top speed or both.

    MotoGP is supposed to be the cutting edge of performance motorcycling, but how much of the technology used there filters down to us mortals any more?

  2. Owned bikes totally unfaired, badly done fully faired & properly done fully faired. A properly done full sports fairing is great, many aren’t, for looks only.

    Hard to tell on these pics, but the Ducati fairing looks good aerodynamically. Appear to have been a couple of different versions.
    It’s an experimental race fairing, not a fully sorted road sports fairing.

    “Jorge Lorenzo was optimistic about Ducati’s radical new MotoGP fairing that he tested in second Czech Grand Prix practice, as he reckons it improves his bike’s potential”
    https://www.motorsport.com/motogp/news/lorenzo-upbeat-about-new-ducati-fairing-potential-938420/

    Having actually ridden the bike means he knows more than people who’ve never seen it 🙂
    don’t expect that to stop them though.

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