MotoGP needs a ‘serious’ aero debate after losing – Oliveira

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Aprilia drivers Aleix Espargaro and Miguel Oliveira of Red Bull KTM disagreed on why the close call on Mugello’s terrifying start-up straight peak during Italian Grand Prix training-with rivals both blaming each other but on the turbulence and air pollution effects by the changes in MotoGP aerodynamics in recent seasons.

Oliveira was forced to search the grass at a speed of more than 200mph (320kph) crossing up the straight lane, after being pushed wide by Espargaro when the Spanish rider followed him in a slipstream, only to avoid what could have been a very fast crash.

However, instead of attacking the Aprilia riders, Oliveira even insists that no one made a mistake, but only that it was caused by the nature of the Italian track and partly in a modern way. The MotoGP engine acts at a very high speed.

“Aleix sucked me into the slipstream and at the same time pushed me out,” the Portuguese driver said. “The place is pretty special because we’re at the top, there’s a wall, the wind is suddenly coming, and we have a little angle. It’s borderline, and I’m all for innovation and performance and all this, but when it happens it makes you reflect a little bit. .

Miguel Oliveira KTM MotoGP Mugello

“They’re also sucked in. It’s about aero. The turbulence created by aero stuff, dirty air. When you catch a slipstream, you want to take it up and down quickly, so you’re not in dirty air. You try to go to the clean air right away. .

“But what he did was stay out, in critical parts. He had to point the bike to make a corner, he sucked, and the wind pushed me out. It was a combination of bad things.

Espargaro stressed that the couple could talk about it and come to an agreement about what almost went wrong for them.

“Now we’ve had a long talk and my feeling is that I’m not close to him,” he said, “but I’m very close to him. So I said to him, sorry, maybe I didn’t count too much – he said ‘no, no, you very far from me, but the wind pushes me out of the track, and if there is no asphalt in there. it must be very dangerous’.

“It’s like left[-hand] corner, I turned but I was away from him but the wind pushed me to the left and the same wind pushed him out of the track. “

Aleix Espargaro Aprilia MotoGP Mugello

And, as far as Espargaro is concerned, that means there’s only one solution that can be taken for the future – remove the famous kink at Mugello straight away and make it to the right.

“The wings give a lot of stability there,” he said of the fastest point on the MotoGP calendar, “now it’s very easy to get past 350, 360, no problem, the bike isn’t moving. But if you follow another bike and you experience turbulence, the rider really doesn’t. able to control the wind at that speed.

“So we have to be very careful for the race, and for me this place has to be converted for the future, 100 percent, there is no doubt. This has to be straight.”

However, according to Oliveira, there is a bigger problem (if even more radical) – removing the entire wing and returning to a more traditional motor form in the future.

Miguel Oliveira KTM MotoGP Mugello

“Do we have to be wings, what is brought to the show, is it really better, is it a little more dangerous?” pitakone. “We have to deal with it seriously, but I feel it has to come from all the riders and not just one person from time to time.

“Now, there’s this aluminum box and the wings have to fit. But we have to go to zero, and limit it, or the rules won’t do anything.

“We raced for years without wings, and you’re going to use less power, manage more, be more of a driver – but I think this is a good solution.”

But while that can solve the problem more than, say, changing the track will, it’s also not something that can be done quickly, according to Espargaro. Coming from relatively obscure just ten years ago, aerodynamics is now an integral part of MotoGP R&D, and Aprilia riders say that the results of banning it now will take time.

“It’s not very easy,” he said. “I’m not against removing the wings, but you can’t say ‘take off the wings!’, The bike will change everything. More than if we change the Michelin [tyres] to Bridgestone. Many more. For me, if we ban wings – it must have been two years before.

Aleix Espargaro Aprilia MotoGP Mugello

“The bike is going to change everything. Power delivery, settings, geometry. Everything. I remember a long time ago here, with MotoGP, even with a Ducati Pramac or a Suzuki, the 1st corner was very difficult – and now it’s very easy to use the wings.

“So it means we can go back, but something takes time.”