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Qatar GP | Is Dovizioso’s victory in danger?

The first GP of the season doesn’t serm be over yet: Honda, Suzuki, Aprilia and KTM protested about the winglet on Ducati's swingarm

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Qatar GP | Is Dovizioso’s victory in danger?
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Andrea Dovizioso won, for the moment, the opening MotoGP race in Qatar after a stunning duel against Marc Marquez.

However, something happened just after the riders crossed the finish line: many teams, four, which are Honda, Suzuki, Aprilia and KTM went immediatly to the FIM stewards to protest about the wing on Ducati's swingarm (the one circled in the picture).

Each GP19 raced with that aero thing, so Andrea Dovizioso, Danilo Petrucci and Jack Miller used it, with the exception of Francesco Bagnaia, who is riding actually with a GP18. 

First thing about that new piece that Ducati brought in Qatar was that he could prevent overheating, but Petrucci on Saturday told that it is not his finality but at the same time he could not tell the real purpose. 

Andrea Dovizioso did not even try that part during the whole weekend, using it just for the Sunday's race, which could cost him now the victory.

Ducati Team said that it has been given a full report about that component after Qatar's test and technical director Danny Aldridge told lower aero thing is not illegal, as long as it is mounted on the swing arm and not on the fairing.

Apparently, it was not enoguh for the teams who opened the protest: at first, Dovizioso's win was confirmed, but it was not enough.

Honda, Aprilia, Suzuki and KTM appealed again and FIM Stewards decided that there was not enough evidence to make a decision, so final one will be in FIM Court of Appeals hands.

That means result of Qatar Grand Prix remains in standing till a decision will be taken, before Argentina's weekend.

Main reason of the protest seems to be about an interpretation of guidance and not about the rules. Some teams had certain details, others another one and maybe none of them broke the rules as that one were explained to them.

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