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Engine change for new Ducati

Has Ducati chosen to depart from the 90-degree V for its 2012 MotoGP engine?
According to French publication Moto Journal, the 'all new' version of the Ducati GP12 MotoGP machine includes a narrower V-angle for the engine.

Traditionally, Ducati has used a 90-degree V, but is said to have opted for a narrower angle - as used by Honda - to help solve its front-end issues. A narrower V would mean a more compact engine and therefore more packaging opportunities.

If confirmed, it would mean that Ducati has radically redesigned not only the chassis (carbon fibre to aluminium twin-spar) but also its engine - for which 'balancing' becomes more complex when the V is not 90-degrees.

Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden are due to ride the new GP12 for the first time, during the start of 2012 testing at Sepang today (Tuesday).

Yamaha uses an inline configuration, while all MotoGP engines have had four-cylinders since the start of the 800cc era in 2007. 2012 is the first year of the new 1000cc rules.

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@ x duc lover, The machine needed drastic changes...even Casey said so. It is a prototype machine anyway so what is the problem, nothing on it was on the production model. This is supposed to be a platform for innovation. Everyone complains about the machine and when a change is made people still are not happy. WOW..guess you can't pleae everyone. I am very excited to see what it will do. regardless, i know they still need time to develop it as the Japanese have decades of experience ahead of the italians...

Phil - Unregistered

January 31, 2012 1:51 PM

Fact : Ducati tradition is steel trellis frame Fact : Casey stoner won a world title on this style of ducati in 2007 Fact : The followong 3 years it was a carbon airbox, engine stressed/no frame design. Fact : Casey did the bolt and went to honda cause he could'nt fix the front end issues he complained about for 3 years Rossi is simply trying to fix the problems to win races and if an aluminium frame is the best option who the hell are you lot to say otherwise? Ducati abandoned its tradition while stoner was the rider not rossi so dont start making up crap that rossi is to blame. Dont get me wrong stoners talent is undeniable but to read that you think he's better than rossi is like reading that hitler is running the world and elvis is on top of the charts again. Get real

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