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re: "why are Ducati so obsessed with getting rid of a frame?"
in the case of the WSBK, my guess is it offered a massive weight reduction to offset the penalty the V12's were being saddled with. for all their ride quality, steel trellis' aren't exactly light. at least not in the "old world" fashion they choose to manufacture them. technically, the cro-moly tubing on a redline or mongoose BMX bike from the early 80's is constructed better. lol
but see the reoccuring theme of "no free lunch" creeps in yet again. dumping the trellis meant dumping 25 years of set-up data (their REAL advantage). trot out an old 1198F0 sans weight or restrictors and a healthy checa would've likely been the one doubling at donington. monster mob and GSE kit used to own that place.