MotoGP » Ducati’s carbon fibre MotoGP chassis.

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monster - Unregistered

April 16, 2009 1:54 PM

A lot is said and very little is given away.

It will be interesting to see if the C.F. chassis has made the bike more "flickable" and able to change lines mid corner without Stoner having to throw it sideways (the biggest advantage the Yamaha has over the Ducati at the moment)

Some of the tighter tracks coming up should give the answer.


April 16, 2009 3:08 PM

"The Ducati isn't all conquering"

For all riders, no it isn't. But it will be really interestig to see how the season plays out for the Ducati in the hands of Stoner. The bike looked to be a bit more stable in the 1st race than it did last year for him. Last year it look as if Stoner was on a bucking bronco but this past weekend he looked much smoother. But of course it was only 1 race - things my change or stay the same. Just wondering how much of that is down to the C.F. chassis and swingarm.

The Morgue

April 16, 2009 3:37 PM

Wonderful piece of engineering.
Interestingly Ducati also tested a cast (yes) aluminium alloy framed bike at Jerez, ridden mainly by Guareschi but also for some laps by Stoner.
It is rumoured to be their answer to the 2010 rulechange when there is only one bike per rider allowed. The Carbon Fibre bike could prove to vulnerable in case of a crash in the race weekend.

monster - Unregistered

April 16, 2009 3:52 PM

"Raw dog"
"The Morgue"

We don't get a lot testing coverage here in Oz, if you see or hear of any of the motoGP bikes testing a single sided swing arm, post it up and let us know.

I have a theory about the racing next year and this would confirm it.

The Morgue

April 16, 2009 4:06 PM

Will do Monster, I thought about the same: if it starts raining and they have to come in they can't switch to another machine that is setup for wet, in that case they have to change wheels fast. Then an Endurance racing style single sided swing arm would be very helpful.


April 16, 2009 4:06 PM


Single siders are an interesting piece of kit. I'm no engineer or technician but it would seem having the rear wheel braced on both sides is better than only one - especially with the rigid nature of a MotoGP bike. Surely if they had an advantage in today's GPs than someone would be running one. At least I would think. But who knows?

I know Ducati went back to the single sider in WSBK after the dual on the 999. But it wasn't for a performance gain - only to return to the heritage of the orginial 916. And because they look awesome on the Duc!


April 16, 2009 4:09 PM

Very intereting point concernig the rain and the single bike rule. I do know that from the Daytona 200 and Isle of Man TT that changing rear tires during a pit stop has become pretty swift with the dual sided swing arm.

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