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March 06, 2014 1:38 PM

MotoGP » Ducati software heading to Open ECU?

Essentially the only loser in all this is Honda. If Ducati, Yamaha and perhaps Suzuki are all contributing to the 'open' software then that package is going to develop far faster and get much closer to the Honda factory software than would otherwise be the case. Pretty soon there will be no advantage to Honda to persist with their own software and suffer the fuel / development limitations so they will have the choice of going 'open' or pulling out altogether. Which is what Dorna wants all along.


March 04, 2014 12:36 PM

MotoGP » Honda responds to Ducati’s Open decision

As usual Suppo is wide of the mark. Ducati's move to 'open' is actually exactly the aim of the new class. Dorna wants all bikes to ultimately be open class and is changing the rules to make the open class ever more attractive and competitive. Honda doesn't like it because they can no longer throw megabucks at it to gain a competitive advantage. Honda seems to think that 'factory' class should be the preserve of Honda and Yamaha with everyone else riding sub-standard machines (not least of which their own uncompetitive offering) just making up the numbers. I hope Ducati & Forward Racing give them a serious run for their money.


March 03, 2014 10:53 AM

MotoGP » Phillip Island MotoGP test times - Monday (Final)

No it isn't. In all the various reports in the last few weeks all the Ducati riders have stated that the factory software is superior to the 'open' software. In particular the wheelie control in the open software is set at a single setting whereas the factory software varies the level of control (and other aspects of the engine management) at different parts of the circuit. Ducati has gone open purely so they can continue to develop the engine / bike throughout the season rather than being 'fixed' to what they start the season with. This more than out-weighs the disadvantage of the open software from their perspective.


February 25, 2014 12:09 PM

MotoGP » Brazil GP dropped from 2014 MotoGP calendar

The real reason Laguna was dropped was because the paddock area is so small that they can only hold the premier class there and Moto2/3 classes could not be accommodated. With Austin on the calendar it was always likely that one of the other US races would be dropped. Indianapolis is a crap track but the overall facility is huge and the organisers have deep pockets. Laguna was always going to be the one facing the chop.


February 21, 2014 5:47 PM

MotoGP » MotoGP Factory, Open class 'should be a difficult decision'

" However manufacturers would lose the chance to develop their own software technology, something Honda views as vital to future road machines and a major justification for its participation in MotoGP." Really??? Then why is the Honda Fireblade the least sophisticated of all the major Superbikes? Other manufacturers are offering traction control, ride-by-wire and other advanced systems as standard. Honda? Nothing. We all know the real truth - Honda wins by out-spending their rivals. If they are not allowed to do that then they are not confident of winning.


February 15, 2014 10:53 AM

MotoGP » Dall’Igna begins reshaping Ducati

“For me the most important thing this year is to see progress.” For sure. Everything that GiGi is doing with the organisation makes perfect sense. BUT. The reality is that Honda and Yamaha are also making progress. If Ducati is to recover the vast amount of lost ground they need to make BIG progress and faster than the competition. Can this be done by evolving the fundamentally flawed current bike? I don't think so.

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