Marquez wants winglets banned next season

Marc Marquez has joined Valentino Rossi in criticising the MotoGP winglets many of the factory teams have adopted in 2016.

The Spaniard topped the timesheets during post-race testing at Jerez on Monday as he sampled HRC’s triple wing design, which featured three small strakes on each side of the fairing.

While the lap times were more or less the same with or without the winglets, Marquez said he felt more comfortable on the bike that did not feature them.

“Some people like the wings, some people no,” began the 23-year old. “For me, I think it’s much better without the wings. If you start to go a lot with the aerodynamics it will be more difficult to follow the riders. It will be more difficult to overtake because on acceleration it’ll be like Formula 1.

“You lose aerodynamics. You cannot take well the slipstream. For safety reasons [too], we saw already in Argentina, when Iannone touch me. In Austin, the good thing was Dani was without big wings [when he crashed in Dovizioso] but personally I don’t like it. We can use them but only to try and improve.”

Asked if he would like to see them banned for next season, The Repsol Honda rider said: “For me, yes.

“It’s something I’m using. In some parts, it’s better. But in the race if we start and don’t stop it, maybe it will be more and more and more. I think for overtaking and the racing it will be more difficult. In the end, it looks like we will be able to use it this season so we will work to improve it.

“[With the triple wings] I feel not so bad in some areas, acceleration basically. Then in the corner, it changes the feeling on the bike. I did two runs and I go back to the normal ones.

“Then I try without wings. Honestly, it was better but the lap time was the same. It’s still something that we need to work on.”