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July 01, 2014 2:26 PM

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

Come on guys, all these fanciful ideas. If the motor is kept at 90 degrees there are only certain things that can done to shorten it. 1. Shortened con-rod, by placing the small end as close as possible to the piston crown. 2. Shorter exhaust valve which enables the cylinder head to be canted making the motor shorter on the (outward facing) exhaust side. And that's pretty much it. Pneumatic values are in no way more compact than desmo valves currently used by Ducati. The main factor affecting cylinder head dimensions is the length of the valves and whichever system employed to open & close them cannot circumvent this. From a size standpoint it would be better to shorten both sets of valves but this would have a significant power impact so the input valves are likely to remain the same but there is much less impact in reducing the length of exhaust valves. If Ducati employ these techniques and then rotate the motor further back in the frame then they have (re)created the Honda RC213V!


June 26, 2014 7:53 PM

MotoGP » Crutchlow: A lot of unexplained things

I really am utterly sick & tired of this guy. Every time you come on this site there seems yet another Crutchlow article where he is whining & moaning about the bike and trying to justify his continuing pathetically poor performance. Yes Cal, we get it. Dovi & Iannone are faster than you on the same bike. Hernandez is quicker than you on last years bike. You are not prepared to change your riding style. You are not happy with having more weight over the front end like Dovi. In short, you are simultaneously both the most highly paid Ducati rider and the least effective Ducati rider. Quite an achievement that. Whatever you say about Ducati, they are certainly skilled at picking lemons to ride for them.


June 24, 2014 4:07 PM

F1 » Michael Schumacher medical files ‘stolen’

It is a disgusting act but unfortunately one that has resulted from the lack of any real information on Michael's condition. Whilst you can fully understand the family's wish for privacy there is always going to be intense interest in such a public figure and the lack of any meaningful disclosure has created the environment whereby some scumbag can profit. Undoubtedly some rag will buy it and publish, and then all other newspapers will be free to report on what someone else has reported, whilst trying to justify themselves that they weren't the ones who paid for it.


June 19, 2014 12:51 PM

MotoGP » Ducati likely to lease rather than sell

You are all forgetting that Ducati is due to launch a completely new bike in November. Rumours leaking from the factory are that this will be in many ways completely different to the current GP14, including having a motor with a more narrow v-angle. If the 2015 leased bike is the new model then this might be very interesting indeed for a privateer team. If Ducati is planning to re-package the GP14 as the customer bike then that is something different entirely.


June 17, 2014 11:17 AM

MotoGP » Crutchlow loathe to run soft tyre 'out of principle'

Perhaps Cal is trying to get fired by Ducati? It's clear his motivation and confidence are shot and perhaps he just wants to walk away. But if he does that then he walks away from a €2 million contract too. If Ducati gives him the flick then they would probably have to pay him off. Either way I can't see too many other teams wanting to give him a ride after all this.

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