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Ducati to stick with Desmodromic system

Ducati to stick with Desmodromic valve system for MotoGP engine.
Ducati may have now joined the Japanese manufacturers in building a twin-spar aluminium frame for its MotoGP prototype, but the factory's trademark Desmodromic valve system will not be sacrificed.

That was the pledge of new Ducati Corse general manager Bernhard Gobmeier, speaking at the Ducati/Ferrari Wrooom Press Ski Meeting on Wednesday.

"There is no reason to change an engine that works and is part of Ducati's history," the official MotoGP website quotes Gobmeier as saying. "As long as the rules allow it, we'll remain with the same Desmodromic configuration.

"And the bike should be rideable for everyone. It should not just be a motorcycle that Casey Stoner can win on. We will not copy a Yamaha, and will stick with the Ducati philosophy."

Yamaha and Honda, which have divided all the MotoGP race victories for the past two seasons, both use pneumatic valve systems for their MotoGP engines.

All MotoGP engines have four-cylinders: Honda and Ducati use a V configuration and Yamaha an Inline layout.

Gobmeier, a former Superbike director at BMW, has been brought in by Ducati's new owner Audi to take over from Filippo Preziosi.

"Of course we will use [Preziosi's] experience," continued Gobmeier. "We are in contact and we both want Ducati to win. His new role will also provide a channel of communication between the Racing Department and Production.

"In addition to Filippo, I must say that there are other great engineers within Ducati that have great ideas as well."

Gobmeier added that Ducati plans to gather more information on last year's developments before introducing 'new solutions' later this year.

"I prefer to speak about evolution rather than revolution and with this in mind first we want to evaluate the material developed in the second half of last year," he said.



Tagged as: Honda , Yamaha , Ducati , Desmodromic

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someone - Unregistered

January 16, 2013 2:22 PM

@amakuza no, they don't need casey to bring back, casey have a special talent to win that desmo. and casey will not there forever. they need a bike that everyone can win. to achieve that they need a lot of feedback from different riders like how they do now. i think they can achieve that by listening in their riders and give what they ask, not the other way around.

Southerner

January 16, 2013 3:32 PM

Rightly so. Nothing wrong with desmo L twin or 4. It will be a cold day in hell when you see a pneumatic valve actuated superbike available for road use. I'm already taking a shine to Gobmeier's common sense approach as opposed to the clutching at straws and blame game Ducati's engineering staff have had to put up with since 2011 in a futile attempt to assuage the demands of a majority of one within the team.



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