MotoGP » PIC: Hernandez makes 'Open' class Ducati debut


New for 2014 'Open' class version of the Ducati Desmosedici makes debut during testing at Jerez.

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TalentFan

November 27, 2013 2:30 PM

Hernandez looks to have the only "Full-Fat" undiluted MotoGP bike on the grid with 24L of fuel.

Pity it isn't a bike we can be sure would be competitive like a similarly supported Yamaha could be (Forward won't get enough motors from Yamaha to push the performance envelope 24L could give).

If Ducati DID by some miracle come up with a chassis that worked for Yonny then with full support there'd be a slim chance of someone prising open Repsol/Honda's iron grip on MotoGP.

I can't see anything else on the grid that a) can't compete with the stingy fuel (Yam / Duc / Aprilia) b) won't be ALLOWED by HRC to challenge (any Sat r Open Honda) or c) won't have the motors (Forward) to have a hope in hell.

MotoGP now belongs to Honda. Game Over.

Dean Dean

November 27, 2013 3:24 PM

Just a thought...
The Open class is designed to get private teams closer to the factory teams and create better racing...but if that privateer team is already a factory team, ok a junior factory team, then what's to stop them tweaking engines to get more power and torque lower down the revs and let the electronics do the rest, as much as possible anyway and that way placate the rev ceiling on any control ECU...remember the claiming rules are now gone and there's no chance of a manufacturer losing their technology for 20K Euro...they've loads of engines to play with and they might even throw a world champion on such a private bike ?









RSMick

November 27, 2013 4:18 PM

With 12 engines to play with and frozen developement of factory status engines these bikes are where the engine developement will take place, a reason for Aoyama getting the Aspar ride. Forward can try a new engine, the other Yamaha teams cannot.

It was interesting to hear what Barbera had to say at the beggining of the month, I wonder where that pnuematic valve engine is coming from?

Nunnmeister

November 27, 2013 7:57 PM

This is the direction that motogp bikes need to take in my opinion.

1) MORE engines, not less. It's more expensive to develop parts that are designed to last, rather than an engine that will last 1/2 race weekends.

2) Full control ECU, lowers costs and evens up the competition between the manufacturers somewhat and hopefully reduces the effects of electronics.

3) As Crutchlow said in his interview, all bikes supplied by manufacturers should be identical.

The present system is a stranglehold on fair competition.

shamarone

November 28, 2013 1:42 AM
Last Edited 144 days ago

re: "The Open class is designed to get private teams closer to the factory teams and create better racing"

the open class is designed to warm up the factories to the idea of spec electrics by offering CONSIDERABLY more engines and CONSIDERABLY more fuel. this is known as "dangling a carrot".

might be a good job for Suzuki to just postpone until such time factories are eligible to run under open class. we may even see a moment where it's Honda all by their lonesome under factory status. everybody else (yam included) will want the spares.

RSMick

November 28, 2013 6:42 AM
Last Edited 143 days ago

Factories are eligible to run under open class, what do you think Yonny's bike is? All you have to do to qualify is use the Marrelli software.

"the open class is designed to warm up the factories to the idea of spec electrics by offering CONSIDERABLY more engines and CONSIDERABLY more fuel. this is known as "dangling a carrot". "

As the factories themselves not Dorna asked for this rule to be implemented it is hardly a "dangling carrot"

Why don't people read instead of just typing?

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