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Australian MotoGP: Rumour: Eugene Laverty to ride 'privateer' spec Ducati?

Eugene Laverty to ride 'privateer' spec Ducati for Pramac in MotoGP next year?
Motegi Update: The revelation that the second Pramac ride is unlikely to be a full prototype appears to have cooled Laverty's interest in the seat...

Ducati's full 2014 MotoGP line-up is yet to be confirmed, but sources in the Phillip Island paddock have suggested there could be three factory machines plus one 'open' (privateer) class entry.

Two of the factory machines will go to confirmed official team riders Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso, with Italian rookie Andrea Iannone set to continue at the satellite Pramac team.

However instead of running a second factory-specification bike, Pramac may enter a privateer spec Ducati - essentially this year's Desmosedici fitted with the full standard ECU system.

The bike would therefore be eligible for twelve instead of five engine changes for the season, four litres of extra fuel per race and the softer rear tyre.

Currently a 'maybe' for the second Pramac seat is Aprilia WSBK star Eugene Laverty, whose brother Michael races in MotoGP with PBM.

Yonny Hernandez is currently riding the second Pramac bike, in place of the injured Ben Spies.



Tagged as: Eugene Laverty

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teacherDave

October 20, 2013 5:49 AM

@RSMick Based on what you are saying, I would think an 'open' class bike ( maybe not the DUC) would be a good option for riders who don't have the experience or sponsor pull like the front runners. I mean 12 engines per year and more fuel- means you can ring its' neck basically every race ! And if there are upgrades available and a team can afford them , the bike may be near 'factory' spec by the end of the season while still having extra fuel and a lot more motors to blow up, if need be. Hmmmmm

RSMick

October 20, 2013 5:32 AM

There is an engine development freeze for factory bikes after the first race, not so for open class bikes. The reason that factories are supporting this class, the supported 'OPEN' class bikes will be free to get upgraded engines every time they get a new one so therefore become the development rider for engines, good news for others however its the chassis thats the problem with the Duc. However there is nothing to stop Eugene (if its true) getting new everything if the engine changes.



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