MotoGP » Ducati already on track at Sepang

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January 31, 2014 2:39 PM

I don't know why they need to do the tests before they make that decision.

If they go with the open option, they need to make fairly significant changes to the bike, especially the engine. They'd have to have a revised engine design ready to test by now, or that option is a waste of time.

They need to keep one bike in a consistent state to measure changes against, and get moving on fixing their bikes - ideally, take it back to the carbon frame, and change the engine. The frame changes made improvements at the margins, which could have come from the weight increase anyway.

They won't close the gap to the front runners by tweaking setup, Stoner rode around the problems, and Rossi was unable to. Rossi can ride a bike, and Burgess knows all the setup tricks.

Time for some fundamental change Ducati.


January 31, 2014 3:14 PM
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Word on the street is that Ducati have already decided to switch to the Open caterogy, and that making a decision after the Sepang tests is just their "official" stance for the public....


January 31, 2014 3:25 PM

they don't need to change the engine at all to move to the open class, its the ecu n software and a bigger tank that's needed.
they could tune the engines abit more as they can run more that 5 all year, so they could sacrifice alittle engine life for more power


January 31, 2014 3:31 PM

Open class is definitely the best option for Ducati.
Their bike just cannot compete with Honda & Yamaha in the 'factory' class so better to take the extra fuel / motors / tyres and aim to compete with the customer bikes.
They will also get a head start in adapting their bike to the control ECU / software which is going to be obligatory anyway in a year or two.


January 31, 2014 4:11 PM

@shakennstirred They need to change the engine to move to the front-end feel and non-understeer class. I don't know if the problem is engine gyroscopics, position of the crank with respect to the front amd rear axles, or engine mass distribution, but they've changed everything else. The engineers will understand the problem, but they got rid of the one guy (Preziosi) who could probably have redesigned it - if he had the budget.
The bike has always had handling issues, going right back to the 990s. A great engine power wise, but it causes other problems. They need to develop a competitive new engine, and they can't do it with 5 changes per year.


January 31, 2014 5:43 PM

Isn't the biggest benefit of the Open class for Ducati, that they can continue development through the season. For this particular manufacturer, I would think that advantage would outweigh the benefits of more fuel/soft tire option/more engines per season...all put together. That's if they have the funds to actually DO development.


January 31, 2014 6:31 PM

I think Ducati might be scared of switching everything to the Open Class and realizing their bike is worst of all the Open bikes as well because the control ECU may not mesh well with their current "beast"

However, I believe (with all my "none" MotoGP experience) that on paper there is more advantages to going Open Class for them.

More engines
More Fuel
Additional tyre choice
and jump on the competition in preparing for the mandatory rules.

in 2 years Ducati could find themselves top of the pile again if they take the leap of faith....

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