“Reducing aerodynamics would be a big mistake.”

Aprilia is one of the manufacturers that believes in and invests in aerodynamics. front wing of RS-GP, if F1 styleIt is the only one of its kind in the world championship And in the past few races, an unprecedented torpedo-shaped chassis has appeared.

Romano Albisiano, Aprilia’s technical director, does not want this development to be demonized: “Is it hard to overtake in MotoGP? I think the aerodynamics itself is probably 1% of the problem, assuming that’s a problem – he tells us -. Especially in high temperatures, if anything, it has become absolutely necessary to follow another rider closely as this affects the pressure of the front tire. These tires have a very narrow operating window in terms of pressure. If you’re behind another rider for some time, it’s very easy for tire pressure to build up and thus lead to a severe drop in performance. You find yourself following another rider and you have a front tire that no longer has the performance to allow you to attack. In all these aerodynamics have little to do with it, rather it can help reduce the increase in tire pressure and temperature.“.

At Jerez, Alex Espargaro was behind Alex Marquez and Jack Miller for 20 laps without being able to overtake them, despite his better speed. How is that?

On what I just said: Once he outsmarted his opponents, the bike shifted in correspondence with different front tire pressures running differently, and it cooled off. Aerodynamics has nothing to do with it. It tends to demonize and is even considered dangerous, but on the contrary it contributes to increased safety, both on racing bikes and on the roads. It would be a big mistake if you limit the development of aerodynamics“.

Is there no danger of reaching the extremes of F1, as the races in recent years have been resolved with long trains?

It’s not worlds comparable, the wing loading is scary, even for the weight, compared to what it can do on a motorcycle. The overtaking difficulty is due to the performance leveling and front tire pressure management, which is perhaps the most important aspect of racing. I’ve never heard a passenger complain about not being able to turn quickly because he’s behind another. When braking, you have to get off the slope because otherwise the braking performance is reduced, but this always happens“.

Will MotoGP bikes still be safe without wings?

If you talk to the riders, they will tell you that Mugello’s forehead on the straight was a really dangerous point, with the current advanced aerodynamics being safe. The bikes are predictable and manageable and seemed to matter to me. I don’t think it’s right to oppose this development“.

San Donato’s braking distance has been reduced by about 40 meters in 10 years.

Aerodynamics is important, because in the split bike you emerge with a more stable bike you can handle. The braking phase is improved thanks to downforce and lowering, but the ability to stop is a safety feature of the motorcycle. So it’s welcome if MotoGP bikes are developed in this sense, with the hope that you’ll be able to port all of this to production bikes as well.“.

Did MotoGP bikes achieve such high performance that it’s time to think about limiting them?

You always have to understand what the goal is. If that’s the show, I’m wondering if bikes going slower will increase it, and if anything, we should make sure the performance is less improved. In recent years, everyone has improved a lot and reached almost the same level: it is difficult to make a difference. In fact, there are amazing races so far, I’m not sure removing 50 horses will add to the scene“.

Could giving designers carte blanche be a solution?

Introducing more regulatory freedom, such as the ability to design engines with more cylinders or larger bores, would open the door to a real problematic cost escalation for some manufacturers and possibly even larger bike-to-bike differences. Today we have 15 riders per second, do we want to go back to the MotoGP races where the third hits 20sec? Is this a show? I do not believe“.