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Rossi to help develop Ducati road bikes

"The possibility of also having Valentino test our new models and give us his impressions will make this flow of technology even more effective..."
Ducati isn't just going to exploit Valentino Rossi's legendary skills for its MotoGP race team, the company has also revealed that the nine time world champion will play a role in the development of its future road bikes.

Indirectly, technical advances will filter down from the prototype Desmosedici project, but Rossi will also have a direct hands-on input by testing new Ducati road bikes himself.

“The 2011 season opens a sort of third phase for our MotoGP project,” said Claudio Domenicali, General Director of Ducati Motor Holding. “The first was with Loris Capirossi, who in just six races took the Desmosedici to its first win. The second brought the world championship crown, thanks to Casey Stoner, in 2007.

“The big news for 2011, which opens a third phase, is the arrival of Valentino Rossi on the team. It's an important phase for our company, which relies a lot on research and development, and which uses the MotoGP series not only as a venue for winning, but also as a laboratory for advanced research.

“Valentino is universally recognized as a master at taking a bike to its limits, but also at providing feedback that's extremely useful for development. We think this skill will give us a big push for improving our engineering, and to always give our fans the best bikes possible.

“Many of the models we've produced in recent years, starting with the 1198 - our flagship sport bike - but also bikes intended for less extreme application, boast technical characteristics that come directly from our experience in MotoGP, like traction control and aspects of electronic engine management.

“This will happen even more with the new generation of sport bikes that we're working on now, bikes in which this link will be even more direct, from electronic management strategies to the chassis to the motor.

“Filippo's [Preziosi, head of Ducati Corse] work with both of our [MotoGP] riders will be even more evident, and we're certain that the possibility of also having Valentino test our new models and give us his impressions will make this flow of technology even more effective.”



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Jon

January 13, 2011 2:27 PM

Raw dawg is spot on, but I think a lot of you guys need to check the rrp's on some of the bikes... An 848 is only £1,000 more than an R6 in the UK, and and the 1098/1198 is just £1500 or so more than an R1. 10% price premium over the Japanese isn't much, especially when you consider that the residuals are a great deal better. Compare a 916 with an R1 and you'll see what I mean. Servicing costs are much lower now too. They don't need to try and compete on price, and I believe 100% they shouldn't even try to.

tingtong - Unregistered

January 13, 2011 8:34 AM

good acting from Ducati management..they know how to use opportunity of Rossi's in their camp...good for their marketing...absolutely Rossi's fans will buy the bike that have Rossi get involve in ..that mean make more money... i want to see Ducati can beat Japanese bike in the market..



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