MotoGP stewards have thrown out a protest against Ducati following Sunday evening’s 2019 season-opening Qatar Grand Prix, meaning Andrea Dovizioso keeps his victory.
Dovizioso’s narrow win over Honda’s Marc Marquez was thrown into doubt when it emerged that Suzuki, Honda, KTM and Aprilia had lodged a protest against Ducati’s newly-introduced rear tyre winglet.
The component can be seen just in front of the rear tyre at the very bottom of the bike in the picture below.
An investigation was launched after the race, but ultimately it was deemed by MotoGP’s technical delegates that the part in question is legal.
Danilo Petrucci had run the part – which is believed to assist with tyre cooling – in practice before both he and Dovizioso adopted it for the race.
A MotoGP statement said that “based on guidelines and regulations currently in force, the FIM MotoGP stewards panel rejected [the] protests”.
It means both Dovizioso’s victory and Petrucci’s sixth place finish are now final, although the statement added that “an appeals process is ongoing”.
|3||Cal Crutchlow||LCR Honda||Honda||22||0.320s|
|9||Takaaki Nakagami||LCR Honda||Honda||22||7.406s|
|11||Franco Morbidelli||Petronas Yamaha||Yamaha||22||9.647s|
|16||Fabio Quartararo||Petronas Yamaha||Yamaha||22||15.905s|
|17||Miguel Oliveira||Tech3 KTM||KTM||22||16.377s|
|18||Karel Abraham||Avintia Ducati||Ducati||22||22.972s|
|19||Tito Rabat||Avintia Ducati||Ducati||22||23.039s|
|20||Hafizh Syahrin||Tech3 KTM||KTM||22||43.242s|
|–||Jack Miller||Pramac Ducati||Ducati||12||Retirement|
|–||Francesco Bagnaia||Pramac Ducati||Ducati||9||Retirement|