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PIC: Hernandez makes 'Open' class Ducati debut

New for 2014 'Open' class version of the Ducati Desmosedici makes debut during testing at Jerez.
Pramac's Yonny Hernandez gave the new 'Open' class version of the Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP machine its track debut at the start of private testing at Jerez on Wednesday.

The revised Open category, for non-factory entries, requires use of the complete control ECU system - but allows four litres of extra fuel per race and twelve rather than five engines changes during the season, relative to the factory bikes.

While Hernandez has been shifted to the Open class, team-mate Andrea Iannone - like official Ducati Team riders Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso - will continue with the 'factory' specification Desmosedici.

Factory bikes must also use the control ECU hardware, but are free to run their own software.

Honda, Yamaha and Ducati are all providing machinery for the new Open category, which replaces the privateer CRT class. However Hernandez's Ducati is expected to be the least modified relative to factory spec - most predict the ECU to be the only real difference.

While Honda and Yamaha have cost and confidential technology to consider when selling (Honda) or leasing (Yamaha) Open machinery to independent teams, Pramac is already Ducati's official satellite team and the Open bike will not cost more than the 'factory' bike it has replaced.

The full control ECU system is predicted to be made compulsory in MotoGP eventually and, by joining Honda and Yamaha in an Open class entry, Ducati will also be well prepared for any future transition.

Hernandez and Ducati are testing alongside the fellow Open class machines of Forward Racing (Yamaha) and Avintia (FTR Kawasaki) as well as some WSBK and Moto2 teams.

Unofficial lap times suggest Forward's Aleix Espargaro is currently setting the pace with a 1m 40.048s, which would have been the fifth fastest race lap in May's Spanish Grand Prix!

The winter test ban starts on December 1.

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November 27, 2013 7:57 PM

This is the direction that motogp bikes need to take in my opinion. 1) MORE engines, not less. It's more expensive to develop parts that are designed to last, rather than an engine that will last 1/2 race weekends. 2) Full control ECU, lowers costs and evens up the competition between the manufacturers somewhat and hopefully reduces the effects of electronics. 3) As Crutchlow said in his interview, all bikes supplied by manufacturers should be identical. The present system is a stranglehold on fair competition.


November 27, 2013 2:30 PM

Hernandez looks to have the only "Full-Fat" undiluted MotoGP bike on the grid with 24L of fuel. Pity it isn't a bike we can be sure would be competitive like a similarly supported Yamaha could be (Forward won't get enough motors from Yamaha to push the performance envelope 24L could give). If Ducati DID by some miracle come up with a chassis that worked for Yonny then with full support there'd be a slim chance of someone prising open Repsol/Honda's iron grip on MotoGP. I can't see anything else on the grid that a) can't compete with the stingy fuel (Yam / Duc / Aprilia) b) won't be ALLOWED by HRC to challenge (any Sat r Open Honda) or c) won't have the motors (Forward) to have a hope in hell. MotoGP now belongs to Honda. Game Over.

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