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Old Dec 18th 2018, 05:41 AM   #11
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I’m so confused!!! I wish I knew more about this race stuff.. I can’t wait to try this bike out on the highway, should be able to wheelie in 2nd gear..Ed, How is my camel lined comfy seat coming along? Joking aside, The production bike is what it is because of what the Factory team wanted in WSBK.. The rules also state that what the WSBK team wants to race must be produced in at least 500 units to sell to the general public, hence why we now have the wings and the AWESOME dry clutch on the production stock bike for sale..I can answer any serious racing questions you want to know about?
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Old Dec 18th 2018, 06:46 AM   #12
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The section under”wings and aerodynamic aids” in the manual I am looking at is (2018 )not defined. It states TBD. You guys must have a newer version.
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Old Dec 18th 2018, 06:56 AM   #13
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Don't forget that Kawasaki also has a new ZX-10RR on the way too, with a jacked up engine for WSB. If Rea gets it dialed in, watch out. In the old days of WSB, it really was nothing like the street version. You could change crank, pistons, cams and all kinds of things like bearings too. The race kit, had to be sold to the public.....but guess what?? Private teams were always told that it was on back order.....HRC and Suzuki did that quite a bit. In the AMA they did the same crap.....in fact Michael Jordan was told by Yosh that he could not afford the kit parts when he got mad that Suzuki never had them for him...imagine that!! After one Daytona race, the factory kit bike was claimed and the parts had to be removed.....I think it was Suzuki that pretty much destroyed the parts as they were taken off and handed over to the privateer that was willing to pay the claiming fee.
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Old Dec 18th 2018, 11:15 AM   #14
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I got the 2˚ of allowance variance wrong or thought it was more than it is

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Old Dec 18th 2018, 02:03 PM   #15
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MAC in your professional opinion, what is the primary function of the wings on the works bike?
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Old Dec 19th 2018, 04:26 AM   #16
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MAC in your professional opinion, what is the primary function of the wings on the works bike?
Non profesional .

I'd base this off of history rather than track experience. so my opinion is:

It has some value in function but way more in psychological warfare.
I think it will be 90/10
10% function and 90% in the pilots head and in the heads of the competitors .

IMO if the wings were that dramatic of an affect they would have done much more radical changes to the bodywork a long time ago. It's obvious there is little to be gained past where we are in aerodynamics (at this moment in time). & they've been using wind tunnels forever. (years)
- there has to be a downside to the wings somewhere on the track.
-golf balls have dimples for a reason so someday golf balls might change But that day is not today.

if the opposite is true then you'd think ducati would be in a pickle because they'd have to put the least intrusive or aggressive wing on the bike they could because some riders cannot handle, do not like , or their riding style does not lend itself to the wings.

1. the wings help with lap times but only slightly

2. they do a shit ton of stuff but no one can agree on the amount of downforce needed so they put the least aggressive downforce on the bike to make homologation and they'll change through the years.

3. I like the wings , they look bad ass - wish they shot lasers out of the tips. like an x-wing fighter .

I'm somewhere in the mix of these three LOL
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the psychological part is something that Lorenzo has admitted as well! He wanted the "whale"-shape fairing and Dovi the normal one.
Lorenzo said it added 10 psychological horses
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