MotoGP » Stoner hoping 'big bang' theory pays off for Ducati in 2010

Former MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner is confident that Ducati's extension of Yamaha's 'big bang' theory and the forthcoming return of 1,000cc engines will play to his strengths in 2010 and beyond

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Kees de Vries

January 13, 2010 5:05 PM

Both Nicky and Casey are very positive about the new big bang engine.
But bring in such a new development (for Ducati) in a season with only 6 engines per rider is a bit of a risk.
I trust the engineers have tested the concept to the max and that we will have competive machines all year trough.. :)

Altsimon - Unregistered

January 13, 2010 7:26 PM

Ducati toyed with the idea of a big bang V4 when they were developing the GP01 for their MotoGP debut back in the 990cc era. They decided against it and went for the configuration they have to this day. It seems however that Yamaha can pull those few meters out on corner exit and if the straight is not too long can therefore stay ahead of the Ducati. This seems to be because of the Yamaha's firing order producing its great feel and traction when delivering power. Switch to the Ducati on corner exit and it seems to be very unsettled until upright and flying down the straight. If Ducati solve this with their new engine and power delivery then Casey will give Yamaha a very hard time indeed.

Altsimon - Unregistered

January 13, 2010 7:41 PM

Do recall that Casey (when fit) did challenge and win with the GP09. So if the GP10 pulls out of the corner like the Yamaha and still retains its full power and speed advantage then things may get a bit like 2007 with Casey gone into the distance. I know from riding V4's, L twins and the current Yamaha R1 fully race prepared that the Yamaha is simply astonishing out of the turns with its engine configuration making for a very tractable and stable rear. Are Ducati copying Yamaha? Not exactly, but it is a leaf from the same book and I am sure the inspiration and decision to change definitely has a shade of Fiat Yamaha livery about it. Will Ducati win? Of course, but so will a couple of others.

dingle dangle - Unregistered

January 13, 2010 9:27 PM

No big deal, ducati have it easy, Yamaha have had the direct injection system banned??? Why banning a piece of technology that only affects one team is in the interest of the sport is beyond me. Wouldn't be surprised if Yam didn't bother this year as they have too start from scratch and don't have the technology to counter the desmo anymore.. Next year(2011) Rossi will walk it on the big bikes. He is miles better than the rest when rider input matters.

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