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Ducati to sell Open MotoGP bikes

Ducati plans to offer Open class MotoGP machines for sale to privateer teams from next season.
Ducati plans to offer Open class MotoGP machines for sale to privateer teams from next season.

Ducati Corse general manager Gigi Dall'Igna revealed the move during a press conference at the Audi Forum - prior to this evening's unveiling of the 2014 team livery.

“We have in our mind to develop and sell to the teams in 2015 a bike, I hope really fast, which will cost almost similar to the competitors,” said Dall'Igna.

Yamaha currently leases engine and chassis technology to the Open class via Forward Racing, while Honda sells a Production Racer based on the Factory RC213V. Both cost around 1.2 million euros.

Selling, rather than leasing, means a manufacturer does not keep control of the technology - limiting the specification - but gives the teams an asset that can be sold on.

Ducati is planning to move all of its MotoGP entries from Factory to Open class for this season.

“I think it is important to all of us, and MotoGP, that Ducati has chosen the Open solution.”

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March 10, 2014 5:50 PM

This is a well thought out response to Honda's objections to Ducati going to the open class. It will further aline Ducati with the aims of Dorna and the FIM for the future direction of the sport, I would imagine. Now if Ducati develops their machine this season into a really competitive package a number of private teams will be interested in the buy not lease terms Dall'Igna has offered. This will also create a helpful return on the development program for the GP14 as well as a profit stream on further update packages and replacement parts.

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