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Dall'Igna: New Ducati MotoGP engine ‘first step’ for 2015

"The engine will still be a 90 degree [V], but will be smaller" - Gigi Dall'Igna.
Ducati Corse general manager Gigi Dall'Igna has revealed that a new engine will mark the 'first step' for the 2015 Desmosedici MotoGP machine.

In an interview with Corriere dello Sport, translated by the official MotoGP website, Dall'Igna stated:

“The first step is the engine and we hope to have it for the post-Valencia race test [in November]. It will still be a 90 degree engine, but will be smaller, will allow for better set-up and for us to get more from the tyres.”

As well as Ducati, Honda also uses a 90-degree V angle. However Ducati currently uses its desmodromic valve system, rather than the pneumatic valves of the Japanese machines. Could that now change?

Ducati riders have long cited understeer as the main problem with the Desmosedici, which has not won a race since 2010. Dall'Igna joined Ducati, from Aprilia, at the end of last year.

Prior to the new engine at the Valencia test, Dall'Igna added that revised software will be available for the upcoming Sachsenring event with modified aerodynamics arriving at Brno.

Ducati is yet to confirm its factory team riders for next season. Andrea Dovizioso - who claimed Ducati's second podium of the season at Assen - is out of contract at the end of this year, while team-mate Cal Crutchlow must decide if he wishes to take up a 2015 option.

Due to its victory drought Ducati (like Suzuki next season) can race with the same concessions as the Open class until 2016, when a control ECU is introduced.

However three dry podiums will mean the race fuel for the Ducati riders is reduced from 24 to 22 litres - Honda and Yamaha Factory class riders are restricted to 20 litres - while if Ducati claims three wins they will also lose the softer rear tyre.

Engine changes and extra testing options will be unchanged regardless of results until 2016, when Michelin will also replace Bridgestone as exclusive tyre supplier.

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June 30, 2014 6:27 PM

Realist Well i guess in any evolution when you can make engines smaller its allways better!! So if they can build one small engine to find a better position, its almost logical that they will improve balance and turning!! But the question from Crash is good, will it be pneumatic Valves to build a smaller engine or is with the normal Desmo system?.. Anyway this is what i call making a complete new bike, starting from the heart until the Chassi.. If Ducati change for better with Gigi i will have to cheer him because even with him onbord i feel bullsht arriving, just my honest opinian lets see if he prove me wrong..


June 30, 2014 7:16 PM
Last Edited 241 days ago

There is no doubt in my mind that Gigi is the guy to help Ducati become competitive permanently. There were reports of Aleix raving about the awesome handling of the ART chassis, so Gigi does have the know how. The only problem with the ART was it's lack of power. And the Desmo engine has plently of that. I realise it's not as simple as sticking a Desmo into an ART clone and calling it a day, but with Ducati's backing Gigi has the resources needed to make some serious progress, and i believe he will sooner rather than later.

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