Dall’Igna: Use ride-height devices like F1 ‘DRS’ from 2027
Ducati Corse’s general manager, Gigi Dall’Igna, has suggested using the lowering system as a MotoGP overtaking aid starting from 2027, similar to F1’s DRS. Ride-height devices provide a speed boost by reducing wheelies and lowering drag, unlike DRS, with unlimited use. While Ducati pioneered this technology, front ride-height devices are already banned, and the rear systems are likely to face elimination in 2026. Dall’Igna proposes allowing the rear device to be used as an “overtake system,” with a limited number of uses per race. While this approach could benefit teams lacking top speed, it raises concerns about defensive use by leading riders. F1’s solution of limiting the availability of DRS based on proximity to the car in front addresses this. MotoGP already faces the challenge of reducing straight-line performance, and retaining ride-height devices may make it even more difficult. Additionally, some argue that these devices are not relevant for road use, although they could be beneficial for tall Adventure-style bikes, according to Scott Smart.