In MotoGP, safety is above all else when it comes to protecting the riders and, therefore, the fairing is essential when competing at high speeds
In high-speed competition, such as MotoGP, the safety of the riders is essential when manufacturing motorcycles and organizing competitions. In recent years, technological advances seek, among many other things, to safeguard the health of all drivers, who are exposed to a high risk when driving at high speeds.
Here we are going to explain one of the most important parts of high competition motorcycles to increase safety, both for the vehicles themselves and for the riders.
WHAT IS THE FAIRING OF A MOTORCYCLE?
The fairing of a motorcycle is similar to the body of a car, although in this case the piece has its own characteristics. As with the rest of the parts, the fairing of a motorcycle has also advanced to achieve lightweight assemblies that hardly increase the weight of the motorcycle, so it hardly reduces speed.
WHAT IS THE FAIRING OF A MOTORCYCLE FOR?
The motorcycle fairings have two main functions: to help increase speed through improved aerodynamics and to provide safety to the vehicle. In any case, an aesthetic function could be added to its characteristics, although at a lower level of importance.
The main thing, however, is safety. The fairing protects both the motorcycle and the rider and, in fact, it is installed looking for the comfort of those who ride the motorcycle, as well as protection against inclement weather and the reduction of any impact that the vehicle and the rider may receive.
In the case of MotoGP, the fairing is also essential in the aerodynamic aspect, since thanks to it the motorcycle reduces its friction with the air and allows the engine to get the most out of it at high speeds. This happens because the fairing causes the wind to slide over the surface of the motorcycle, preventing the force of the wind from entering the vehicle and slowing it down.
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF FAIRING FOR A MOTORCYCLE?
Currently there are different types of fairing, although in top competition all motorcycles use the same: the full fairing. That is, the ‘shell’ of the motorcycle, which completely covers it to protect the interior elements, the rider and improve the aerodynamics of the vehicle.
However, in conventional motorcycles not all have the integral fairing. For this reason, the middle fairing can also be used, which covers only half of the machine; the front fairing, to cover only the front part; and the rear fairing, which protects the rear of the bike.