LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow has spoken out about the recent MotoGP design trend for winglets on the front fairings of bikes, questioning their safety.
Speaking after the first practice session of the season in Qatar – where the works Yamaha, Honda and Ducati bikes all ran variants of winglets – Crutchlow voiced his concerns.
“Half of me wants to say nothing, because maybe we need them – if they work!” quipped Crutchlow. “But imagine if that sliced someone's leg clean open?
“They also say they'll break before [hurting someone]. But how do they know? Have they already tested it?
“They're radical, but they're in the rules. I would be more concerned if they were to slice someone open.
“You can do that with a clutch lever protector or a brake lever protector too. But they're not going to ban those, for sure.”
When asked if he thought they should be banned at the end of the season, Crutchlow replied: “That's at the end of this year – what if someone gets sliced before then?
“But if I rode for Ducati, I'd want them. Anything for an advantage.”
Additional reporting by Oriol Puigdemont