This just in from the FIM
MotoGP Court of Appeal hands down decision
Case against Ducati aerodynamic devices
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During the MotoGP race at the season opener in Qatar on 10 March 2019, technical protests
concerning the use of a device on the Ducati machine were lodged with the FIM MotoGP
Stewards by Team Suzuki Ecstar against #43 Jack Miller (Ducati), by Repsol Honda Team
against #4 Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), and by Red Bull KTM Factory Team and Aprilia Racing
Team Gresini against #9 Danilo Petrucci (Ducati).
The protesting teams considered that the device was primarily an aerodynamic device and
therefore not compliant with the MotoGP technical regulations. After a hearing, the four
protests were rejected.
The same four teams then lodged appeals against the MotoGP Stewards’ decision to the
MotoGP Appeal Stewards and a further hearing was conducted. The MotoGP Appeal
Stewards determined that further technical evaluation was required and that this was not
possible under the circumstances. They therefore decided to refer the matter to the
MotoGP Court of Appeal in accordance with Art. 188.8.131.52 of the applicable Regulations.
Following a hearing in Mies on Friday 22 March, the MotoGP Court of Appeal handed down
its decision today 26 March and the parties (the four appellants, Ducati and the FIM) have
been duly notified.
On these grounds, the MotoGP Court of Appeal rules that:
The appeals filed by Team Aprilia, Team Suzuki, Team Honda and Team KTM are
The provisional race results are confirmed and are declared as final.
The request to declare the Device illegal and ban its use in future races is rejected