Qatar finally saw Ducati Corse unveiling its aerodynamic package for the Ducati Desmosedici GP17 race bike, and as expected the new fairing is quite the…uhhh…sight.

Surely to be controversial with MotoGP fans, whether they bleed Rosso Corsa or not, Ducati’s fairing design shows the lengths that the Italian manufacturer is willing to go through in order to keep the benefits of its winglets, while still adhering to MotoGP’s new rules on aerodynamics.

Here’s another view of the fairing in question, which comes straight from the Instagram account of Ducati’s Sporting Director, Paolo Ciabatti, who is on-hand at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar, for the final pre-season MotoGP test of the year.

So far, only Dovizioso has tried his hand with the new fairing, carrying the bulk of the testing work, while Lorenzo continues to look for a base setup on the GP17 that will allow him to fight at the front of the pack.

Photo: Ducati

  • MrDefo

    Eh, at this level of racing function trumps form. On the one hand it’s kind of silly and stingray-ish, but on the other if it works then it’s awesome. Kind of reminds me of Yamaha’s street fairing.

  • almazing

    Looks strange, but if it works, it still looks strange.

  • MTCZ

    Disliked it at first sight and 20min later I am liking it more and more. Form is semi-sacred at best in production, and it’s function’s bitch at most in competition.

    Yep.. If you’re going to have a fairing designed for aerodynamics and beating competition, why pretend to kowotw to esthetics even a little. Esthetics will get you all of zero wins or podiums.

  • NortNad

    Im Roger Ram Jet and I love it! # energyproteinpills

  • Belga Dear

    Aww, who’s the sad wittle piggy?

    But, if it truly improves performance, they can put lipstick on it.

  • Kid Thunder

    Looks like something off a HD Road Glide thingy!

  • MikeD
  • Darrell Roush

    after looking at the “new” fairing and a normal wingless fairing, I can see it, with one of those, how obvious and why didn’t I think of that thoughts,

  • Vladimir Pushkin

    More downforce. With aircraft, their design is used to generate lift. These winglets are designed to eliminate lift and increase functional downforce. The splits in the upper section, I would imagine are cad designed in their wind tunnel and thats just the basic form that worked best for their application.

  • Craigo142

    I’m curious if any other manufacturers had this or something similar up their sleeves and are just waiting for the race weekend to unveil it, or are currently redesigning theirs

  • Dustin Nisbet-Jones

    I thought A&R Pro subscribers were spoiler-free? ;)

    I absolutely love Ducati’s new look. Down the rabbit hole we go…

  • Fivespeed 302

    I think it looks awesome. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if this sort of thing carries over to street bikes in the next 5-6 years.

  • Oh, I see what you did there.

  • darren636

    at first, i just laughed and pointed at it.

    after about 2 minutes i really couldn’t help being impressed by it’s audacity.


  • darren636

    ducati are all -in with this one.

  • Barry Rothwell Taylor

    Could it be some sort of double bluff ? trying to send others down a blind alley , then come along with the definitive version when it’s too late to copy …

  • Superlight

    It looks a lot like a street bike fairing, but with large holes.

  • Pedro Lemos

    I don’t know about all the GP teams, but yamaha was the 1st team to present a solution with “winglets” on the inside of the fairing. I believe other teams like Suzuki has followed the same approach.

  • irksome

    So we can now assume the lunchbox was full of red herring?

  • Brett Lewis

    “Spoiler Alert” I get it now…Took me a couple minutes

  • Zeek Seseika

    Second gen of aero fairing looks interesting…can’t wait till they use it in anger…

  • TwoWheelLoo

    Almost looks like the Ducati engineers just winged it……………..

  • 9fingers

    Street bikes don’t really need that down-force, especially with the added effort it takes to move the flick the bike around. Read up Neil Hodgeson’s take of the GP16, from last season test. It’s strictly for extreme performance in the racing environment.

  • Jd

    Genius, basically they removed the fairing and replaced it with a front spoiler like a F1 race car..and threw in a door peep hole.

  • VForce

    Those spoiler vents look large enough to suck up Jorge’s career.

  • Fivespeed 302

    No argument there, but that never stopped the Auto industry from putting useless spoilers on 120hp front wheel drive cars.

  • doc74

    Fugly thing… Kill it with fire!!!!!!!

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  • MikeD

    [[[[ I would imagine are cad designed in their wind tunnel and thats just the basic form that worked best for their application. ]]]]

    That’s what i told myself too, after all, they MUST be using a bad ass wind tunnel and some kind of advanced fluids dynamics computational software to squeeze the last drop of downforce out of such a small part.

  • Huff955

    Brings new meaning to the term “Ugly Duc-ling”

  • KrissrocK

    holy crap. f1 inspired stuff….a shame that a lot of ppl hate on this, but MotoGP is the prototyple class…this is where that stuff is supposed to be! This is where we’re supposed to be newest and greatest stuff being created and tested…
    you don’t like it….too bad.
    This is the future!

  • fzrider

    I’ll never be in a racing environment, I just want wings! Then I want “molded in” turn signals…and maybe mirrors…tucked out of sight and out of the air flow.

  • Sam Miller

    Looks like they’ve been drinking espresso with the Ferrari wind tunnel crew again…

  • fzrider

    Put a spoiler on the rear and we’re done.

  • VForce

    Yea we get that this is a prototype class and the boundaries should be pushed. It doesn’t mean that we have to like the way it looks though. Not every F1 car has been a thing of beauty. This is quite possibly the ugliest Ducati since the 999. Maybe the original Multistrata, and Almost on par with the eye searing ability of a Paso.

  • Fidel Cash-Flow

    function or not, every other bike on the grid looks better than this :/

  • Marc

    in racing i dont care about looks at all. Has to be fast, thats all.
    999 ugly? funny, to me its the best looking one, while the panigale is just super ugly, everything looks out of place. That pointy nose alone…
    On the multistrada i agree – but the recent ones are uglier (that headlight and beak…). hypermoto ugly too…. Theres not a good looking ducati besides the monster anymore….

  • VForce

    You are the minority on the 999. Just proves the old adage- There’s an ass for every seat.

    In racing I care about performance first but it helps if it doesn’t hurt your eyes to look at it. That’s ok maybe the bike won’t be on TV much anyway with the way Lorenzo has struggled so far to adapt.

    Dean Adams at Superbikeplanet just said it best on the new Ducati fairing- it looks suspiciously close to either 1) Something Craig Vetter would be proud of or 2) that of a 1990 Honda NX250

    Neither is a unfortunately very flattering.

  • Marc

    Agree on that, good looks doesnt hurt. Lets not forget that it is the first version we see of that. eventually it will become better looking, i guess, as they improve it. if the upper shape was the same as the lower part it wouldnt even look thaaaat bad.

  • Westward

    Looks like a Transformer, more like an Autobot, less like a Decepticon…
    I’m sure the aesthetics will come after the proof of concept is determined.