MotoGP » Ducati won't ditch Desmodromic system

Ducati to stick with Desmodromic valve system for MotoGP engine.

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January 17, 2013 1:41 PM

@ Gui....thanks for your support.
There are a couple of good articles from Gobby over on the MCN site. Worth a read. (Worth reading between the lines too)

Unfortunately he says the exact opposite to what I suggested. Maybe his job is safe after all.


January 17, 2013 1:49 PM

In reality and for their stated aims, MotoGP as a place for development of the motorcycle cannot be true.

Bikes are so advanced and with capabilities so far beyond the needs of anyone outside of the MotoGP paddock. Which has to mean that MotoGP is a development cul-de-sac.

Which also means that development in MotoGP is of use ONLY in MotoGP. By extension that has to mean that it makes sense for the technical rules in MotoGP to be sued to ensure we get the right product - proper racing as the development aim.

But we won't. And the only explanation for why we won't is that Honda's & Yamaha's real reasons aren't anything like what they say they are.

gonen6t - Unregistered

January 17, 2013 1:56 PM

...thought it would have been idea if Ducati could have got stoner at the end of last season, for a test session, just to compare times to Rossi, and what Stoner was turning on the Honda. oh well.

now it seems again with Ducati
the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Marc - Unregistered

January 17, 2013 6:03 PM

Tetley while agree with you I'm not sure the desmo engine design is totaly the issue. If it creates power similar to the pneumatic engines of the Yam and Honda then what difference does it make. If you are right about it taking more fuel to generate the same power as the pneumatics then yes it's a problem. Assuming fuel is not the issue then it's just a matter of making the power work with the chassis and tires to increase rider confidence. Currently the Duc does neither.

Marc - Unregistered

January 17, 2013 6:20 PM

Talenfan I agree with that factory team such as Honda and Yamaha have the advantage because they have huge R&D and tons of money to make changes, test and get the best teams and riders. Which means smaller teams such as Ducati are always behind them because they're unable to commit funds to such R&D. Plus not helping Ducati since 2007 is that they chose the wrong direction and had to commit to one alternative even if it was the wrong one. Rossi's time while not successful may have opened their eyes and have helped them go in the right direction. We'll see if that's the case this year.

makes me laugh - Unregistered

January 17, 2013 6:50 PM

Makes me laugh when these self proclaimed visionaries declare that Stoner would not have won a race on the Duke in 2011 because Honda and Yamaha had improved so much. Really? Its common knowledge that Yamaha did nothing and the 2011 800cc bike was pretty much the se bike as the 2010 and yet Yamaha won 4 races. Stoner managed to beat that Yamaha a few times at the end of 2010 there he most likely would have won races.

Miffy - Unregistered

January 17, 2013 7:02 PM

I doubt Stoner could win on last years Ducati, everyone else has made massive strides forward, the Ducati seems like it has only gone backwards.


January 17, 2013 7:06 PM

re: "There is no reason to change an engine that works and is part of Ducati's history, the official MotoGP website quotes Gobmeier as saying."

wait, who said this...? gobmeier or S1...? :D and here i was thinking bernie was out of his league. well, i still think that, but that's a topic for another thread.

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