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Old 02-18-2003, 10:13 AM   #1
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The lack of the 999's front fairing "wings" on this 200mph motorcycle makes one wonder if they are more of a styling exercise than a functional aerodynamic aid. Do Fomula racing rules forbid these spoilers? Should Sean add them to the Atlantic scooter? Inquiring minds want to know. VWW
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Old 02-18-2003, 10:20 AM   #2
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Old 02-18-2003, 10:45 AM   #3
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No freakin' honda's at the IRTA test. Ducati might post the best numbers if not for Yamaha/Barros and Aprilia/Edwards trying to do the same. Looks like Suzuki's new bike is pretty good and Kawasaki's bike is atleast as fast as Suzuki's bike from last year.
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Old 02-18-2003, 11:05 AM   #4
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"Do Fomula [sic] racing rules forbid these spoilers?"



Yes... in GP. The WSBK rules state that aerodymanic features such as the "wings" to which you refer are only allowed if they are standard equipment on the homologated version of the motorcycle. So, by putting them on the 999, Ducati gets to keep them in WSBK.



Some marketing genious must have conducted a survey and found that by reducing the COD by .000001% with these wings they might win every race in WSBK this year by an extra .02 seconds, and that the added margin of victory would sell enough bikes to make up for the number of people that won't buy the bike because they find those wings completely effing hideous.
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Old 02-18-2003, 11:20 AM   #5
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It is disappointing that Honda will pass on the first IRTA round -- I hear that they decided to test privately at Sepang instead. I believe that this will be the first appearance (at least semi-public) for the 2003 version of the RC211V -- prior tests were with the 2002 version with a few new parts.



I am speculating that they may have gone back to look for some more speed, after seeing the times from Yamaha and Ducati in earlier tests. That may be why they are passing on the IRTA test, to be sure the new version is really ready.



Too bad that we can't get some TV coverage of the IRTA tests.



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Old 02-18-2003, 11:30 AM   #6
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Very nice writeup and pictures. Certainly more interesting and comprehensive that what I have found on any other sites. Try keep Yossef busy doing more of this!



I also wanna hear more about Sean's scooter exploits -- especially if he can post some shots of squids getting passed on Angeles Crest!



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Old 02-18-2003, 11:35 AM   #7
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Scuse me Kingfish, I thought I was ko rekt wit my use of de woid fomula. VWW
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Old 02-18-2003, 12:34 PM   #8
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" the other with paired cylinders firing simultaneously. But early tests suggested that this version placed excessive stress on components, so engineers decided to focus their attention on the conventional configuration" It's only a matter of time before the ugly 999 gets replaced by a production version of the MotoGP V-4. Times are changing Duc fans Get used to it! Love the article by way. Thanks MO
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Old 02-18-2003, 12:42 PM   #9
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I think Honda is going to Sepang for a couple reasons:

1. They want to test against their most recent benchmark with the newest version.

2. They don't want to show their hand too early if their speed is even faster than before.
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Old 02-18-2003, 12:46 PM   #10
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Am I seeing "HRC" on the crankcase?

Just kidding.

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