MotoGP » Ducati switching to Open Class for MotoGP 2014?

"In Sepang, after we have tested, we will decide which route to take" - Andrea Dovizioso.

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January 09, 2014 6:25 AM

Wow... Cal WILL (or SHOULD) not be happy with this. Sacrificing a bit to get a FACTORY ride, ending up with a dog in, effectively, the second tier.

That's called getting scr3w3d!

Also, why are they assessing what Hernandez did, when Hernandez was riding the old bike and they promising a radical redesign?!

Does this mean more "tweaks" to a seriously flawed package?

Poor Cal and Dovi, two riders that deserve better, getting the same runaround Casey got for years.

Jack Mordino

January 09, 2014 8:56 AM

Actually I think that this maybe indeed be the smart route to go. Having 4 more litres of fuel, softer rear tyres and more engines to go through for the exchange of having a spec software on the bike might be the better (see: faster) choice.

Besides, (as I have understood it), apart from the software an "open" bike can very well be the same as a factory bike, if it is made by a factory... :)

In essence MotoGP is 2 different classes:

1: Spec ECU, factory everything else, 20 litres of fuel.
2: Spec ECU and Software, factory everything else, 24 litres of fuel, softer rear tyres.

It only remains to be seen how good and versatile this spec software is. We might be in for a surprise.


January 09, 2014 9:01 AM

After reading Stoner's autobiography, Ducati's lack of success is pure karma. Do you think they give a stuff what their "factory" riders think about this possible move? Slimy, backstabbing, unethical bunch of idiots.

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