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January 09, 2014 2:27 PM

MotoGP » Ducati switching to Open Class for MotoGP 2014?

Dacron and Custard have made strong points for going to the open class and it will be interesting to see where Aprilia, and next year Suzuki, place their machines. We might recall that Dorna is pushing for an end to factory software starting as soon as 2015. The real problem at Ducati seems to be the lack of a new design direction for the chassis. Last season was supposed to be a baseline evaluation of what they have and why it doesn't work. If they persist with the present chassis/engine combination going forward it's an admission of engineering bankruptcy at Ducati.


January 10, 2014 2:19 PM

MotoGP » Ducati: 'No further plans' for Open MotoGP class

LLarry hit the nail right on the head, small manufacturer, small budget. In an environment where the larger manufacturers have devised ever more narrow tech rules there isn't any way Ducati can compete with them. Now that Dorna is using it's muscle to take control of the technical regulations it would be smart financially and politically for Ducati to embrace the open class and take advantage of the opportunity to develop their machine. They could become the leader among the manufacturers and I feel it would be likely that Suzuki and Aprilia would follow them into open class competition. I also think that Yamaha, if the other manufacturers I mentioned go open class, would follow and isolate Honda. Remember as well that Honda is entering the most costly series in the motorsports, Formula One, next season and will be reviewing budgets very closely. Ducati can steal a march on the bigger guys by going open class now.

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