Up Close: Ducati GP15 Winglets Fairing Extensions
As first seen at Losail, the Ducati GP15 winglets require extensions of the fairing on each side to keep the winglets legal. The winglets can’t extend past the width of the fairing, so Ducati adds extensions with a few rivets.
The shapes of these extensions suggest that they are not merely to keep the winglets legal, however. At CotA, each pair of GP15s had one small pair of extensions and one large pair. The small pairs were pretty close in size and design, but there were visible differences in the designs of the large pairs.
The small fairing extensions on one of Andrea Dovizioso’s two GP15s.
The small fairing extensions on one of Andrea Iannone’s two GP15s. The design and rivet placement on the small pairs of extensions are nearly identical.
There are differences in the larger versions on each rider’s alternate bike, however.
The large fairing extensions on the other of Andrea Dovizioso’s two GP15s.
The large fairing extensions on the other of Andrea Iannone’s two GP15s.
Each fairing extension is held in place with three rivets, but observe how far apart the rivets are in the larger versions compared to the smaller versions. Also, the profiles of the larger versions are different, with the one on Dovizioso’s bike making a more dramatic cut back toward the fairing itself near the top, while Iannone’s has a smoother curve.
It appears that Ducati likes something about the smaller extension design to give each rider this option. Why they are using two different versions of the larger design is anyone’s guess.
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