MotoGP » Aluminium swing-arm among Ducati developments

“We worked on different configurations of the electronics, engine and chassis, including an aluminum swing-arm" - Filippo Preziosi.

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BigNut - Unregistered

May 25, 2012 8:41 AM

Absolutely agree with BikeNut.

Now that Ducati has good development input, they can correct a lot of development mistakes they made during the past few years.

Once they right path is found and set, they can once more risk handing the bike to inexperienced fast riders without running the risk of them taking the bike development path down a total dead end.

It's cleanup time, alright.

fish fingers - Unregistered

May 25, 2012 8:46 AM

I looked at the vids of the test and the bike still looked hard to nail through corners, lots of work to so. Wd love to know how much input Audi has, the alum swing arm is something they wd specialize in


May 25, 2012 10:14 AM

Livio Suppo, have recently mentioned in a interview in Spanis AS that it would be a great story if Rossi come back and finished his career where he started HRC:)
Other rumours is Cal at Honda or even Ducati which would see Rossi to Honda and Cal to Ducati:)
Rather see Cal on Honda.
Cheers Claes

RejectDonkey - Unregistered

May 25, 2012 10:26 AM

So.... what is left on this bike which is Ducati??? Sad day for us Ducati fans when Vale and JB force Ducati to create a Japacati... They should have sort the engine design and keep the CF parts, thus keep it Ducati!!
Valentino might win a race or 2 when the Japacati will replicate Yamaha, but the Ducati spirit is long gone.

motogp - Unregistered

May 25, 2012 11:14 AM

@rejectdonkey oh could you shut the f**k up, it isn't anything like a jap bike yet... unless they change the engine rossi will never come close to having it handle like a yamaha... and ducati will never change the engine


May 25, 2012 11:42 AM

Alot of people have said on this site a swing arm will make a huge difference. I'm not mechanical at all but I really hope they're right. Maybe it's the podium last week which means I have my yellow goggles on but I haven't been this excited since I was little girl

RejectDonkey - Unregistered

May 25, 2012 12:06 PM

@ motogp
Sorry, I'll not be shut up. I'm not obligated to love everything Ducati do in order to make Rossi faster. Rossi and JB hae been criticizing Casey for this and that. The 80sec fix became a popular joke. Sorry, I love Ducati as a brand and as an engineer I love the fact that they chose other directions than the rest. I think Ducati could enjoy success without selling their heart out for some aluminum parts and without trying imitating Yamaha. They won races before with other riders while still being Ducati. The legendary Britten won races with lots of CF and non traditional fork. Changing everything for Rossi with so little success is a joke. He will dump them regardless next year for satellite Yamaha or Honda. They shell just get a younger rider which is willing to ride the bike, also when it is not 150% perfect.

888 - Unregistered

May 25, 2012 12:27 PM


I've just taken a quick look at my bike... alloy swing arm. weird, or what! Where in the Ducati genome does a carbon frame or swing arm appear, or a 4 pot motor for that matter! It's called evolution. Otherwise Ducati would be racing a steel trellis frame, wire spoke wheels, a twin pot bevel drive aircooled engine with a carb or two.

If it's the "cutting edge" you think is thing that defines Ducati, then going down a development path and refusing to acknowledge it is wrong is pretty a poor engineering philosophy.

Yes, the Britten won races, that does not mean it would still do so - but it may have lacked the ultimate fineness and feel demanded of a modern GP bike. The carbon framed Ducati is probably an awesome bike ridden at 98%, but it lacks the ability to be taken to the edge without falling over that edge(as was even demonstrated by Stoner, before somebody says "yes but.." )

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