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New Ducati swingarm made of carbon fibre.

Ducati has confirmed to Crash.net that the new swingarm used during the Qatar MotoGP night test, which concluded on Tuesday, is made of carbon fibre.

Ducati's Desmosedici GP9 is already the only MotoGP bike to feature a carbon fibre chassis and the move to a carbon fibre swingarm further separates the Italian machine from its Japanese rivals.

Ducati's five MotoGP riders all claim to have felt a clear improvement in stability from the carbon fibre chassis, but factory riders Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden avoided being too specific after debuting the new carbon fibre swingarm at Qatar.

“We confirmed the good feeling I had yesterday [Monday] with the new swingarm, although we still need more time to work on it and that's what we'll be doing at Jerez,” said Stoner, after finishing the Qatar test fastest of all by almost one second.

“I got a good feel for the new swingarm straight away but we still have work to do and we need to make more comparisons with the previous version before drawing definite conclusions,” added Hayden, who was fifth on the end of test timesheet.

The original Desmosedici GP9 swingarm is made of pressed aluminium.

The final pre-season MotoGP test of 2009 takes place on March 28-29 at Jerez.


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Mark - Unregistered

March 04, 2009 2:44 AM

RE: Bruce Wayne.... Another rossi groupie eh man? im sick of guys like you saying "stoner is a TC/carbon fibre generation" my god man give the guy some credit for gods sake....Incase u forgot he rode a newly introduced bike and developed that bike into 6 podiums and KTMs first win without TC? He then stepped upto 250's and took 6 wins and 10 podiums on the way to battle it out with pedrosa for the title in his first year in 250s all without TC or carbon fiber swingarms? In his first year in motogp he got podiums and challenged most in motogp on a LCR honda and finished 8th in a rookie season.....the facts are he is a great rider and deserves respect, not your crap about TC and swingarms.

damo - Unregistered

March 04, 2009 8:41 AM

'Stoner is only a peice of the puzzle' Lol thats crap. Stoner is the lynchpin upon which Ducati's MotoGP success is based. Without Stoner their bike is midpack at best and they would have won a single race in two years despite having 3 ex world champions riding for them! You can't say the Ducati is a better bike until someone else starts having some suceess on it, until then it is clear the only 'advantage' Ducati have is that they employ Stoner!



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