Ducati offers glimpse into aerodynamic 'magic'

Ducati provides insight into the 'magic' of MotoGP aerodynamics with a special exhibition at its Bologna museum.
Ducati offers glimpse into aerodynamic 'magic'

Ducati, which kick-started the modern era of MotoGP winglets in 2015, has opened a temporary 'Anatomy of Speed' exhibition at its Bologna museum to highlight the key role of aerodynamics 'as a technological ingredient which rewrites the notion of performance'.

Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali and Ducati Corse general manager Gigi Dall’Igna inaugurated the exhibition on the eve of this weekend's Italian GP, being joined by factory MotoGP riders Andrea Dovizioso, Danilo Petrucci and Michele Pirro

"I'm extremely proud to inaugurate this third temporary exhibition at the Ducati Museum: indeed, aerodynamics makes bikes magic," said Domenicali. "This exhibition also aims to involve Ducati enthusiasts in that transfer of knowledge from racing to product that has always been a part of our DNA.

“Our commitment aims to ensure Ducati riders benefit from ever-better technology, performance, fun and safety; aerodynamics play an increasingly important role in this philosophy, which is exemplified by the Panigale V4 R.”

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“Aerodynamics is undoubtedly an area in which Ducati Corse leads the way with respect to other manufacturers," stated Dall’Igna.

"It's one of our top-priority fields of development, the goal being to achieve ever-better results in the future.”

Coincidentally or not, the exhibition comes at a time when there are mutterings about clamping down on MotoGP aerodynamics further in future and it would certainly do no harm for Ducati to emphasise the significance for road technology.

'Anatomy of Speed' opens to the public on 30 May and can be visited, at the Ducati Museum entrance price, until 8 October 2019.

The display starts by introducing aerodynamics from Ducati's perspective, then examines the research programs and solutions developed over years of racing.

Photos, videos, display panels and projections help tell the tale, plus some of the fairings used by Ducati in MotoGP.

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