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Twin-cylinder machines get weight break

The Ducati twins will have their base weight reduced from the Miller Motorsports Park round onwards following a troublesome first-half of the 2010 season.
The FIM has confirmed that the twin-cylinder machines will be given a new minimum weight from the Miller Motorsports Park round onwards following a review of the regulations.

The new weight rules were introduced at the start of 2008 due to Ducati's decision to bring the larger capacity 1200cc 1098/1198 to the championship.

However, while Ducati emerged manufacturer champions in 2008 and 2009, they have struggled for pace at times in 2010 and, following a review that showed the 'average value of event favours the 1000cc 4-cylinder', the following steps have been taken.

“From the next SBK event at Miller Motorsports Park (USA) on 29-30-31 May, the new minimum weight for 1200cc 2-cylinder motorcycles is decreased to 165 Kg, a reduction of 3 Kg as stipulated in Article 2.4.4.2 of the FIM rulebook.

“The minimum weight for 1000cc 4-cylinder motorcycles will remain unchanged (162 Kg).”

So far this season, the average value of events has shown the 4-cylinder bikes is more than five points per round.


Tagged as: Ducati , weight , FIM , twin

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Widz

May 16, 2010 7:35 PM

The Ducatis ARE competitive. Theyve won 3 races this season and had numerous other podiums. Suzuki have only won 3 races too. The problem is not that the Ducatis are at a disadvantage, but that they are not dominating as usual. I think its quite evenly balanced between the teams as it is.



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