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Liam Marsden  says:

New MCN August 4: King Cal!

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale August 4, we reveal more pictures and details about Triumph's new adventure bike! In this week's issue we have 13-pages of Silverstone WSB news - including Crutchlow's advice from Valentino Rossi. Also in this issue we go bargain hunting, in an attempt to find 1000cc superbikes for 600 money. The new Yamaha Fazer8 takes on the...

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Dec 05

Posts: 5

robbo56 says:

Why Ducati is set to leave WSB

They are threatening to leave because they are not good enough, and they are now throwing their toys out of the pram in order to get the rules changed yet again, so that they can run bikes with bigger engines than everyone else and win all of the races.

Good riddance Ducati - your loss. Wonder how many sales they will lose when they stop getting any exposure on T.V.?

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Dec 07

Posts: 237

merv007 says:


they have been good enough to run at the front in moto-gp against direct factory japanese teams, so it makes no sense to say they are not good enough to compete in WSB. the problem is getting a low-reving twin to make anywhere near the top end power of an 18000rpm four be it an Aprilia, BMW or Honda etc, i would like to see any other firm extract as much bhp from a 1200cc twin as Ducati does, as Whitham said during the race on sunday, its amazing they manage to make them as competive as they do with 6000rpm and 2 cylinders less than their rivals. will be sad to see them go if this is true- WSB wont be the same without the sound of thunder. 

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Aug 08

Posts: 241

Paulvt1 says:

..they could always come back with a V4 proddy bike...

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May 08

Posts: 111

1batfink says:

pathetic Ducati

They will just bring out a 1398 or demand a lower weight restriction

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Oct 06

Posts: 587

Eddy998 says:


The concensus of opinion, indeed the reality of engine design, seems to  indicate that a multi cylinder engine makes more power than a twin / V twin, cube for cube. That fact doesn't change. So what is the big problem?  Some people, it would seem don't seem or don't want to acknowledge that fact  and don't want to see DUCATI winning and proving that a small company can be very innovative and demonstrate their engineering skills by making their bike the quickest. Personally, I think the best way to solve this would be to have an open capacity, let's say  road based bikes to 1500cc!! Then we would see some action!! I guess perhaps then some 4 cylinder bikes would go to that capacity but then other factors would enter the equation. How much power can you put down and control also the weight of a "production" based bike would come into it. Guess you can't please everyone!!

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Mar 04

Posts: 204

v2kiwi says:

Short memories DUCATI.

Right from yhe start of the series DUCATI have had the advantage with capacity etc. The rules have been changed god knows how many times to accomodate ducati. Foggy only won all the time cause he had one. He could nt do it on an RC45. Edwards and SLIGTH would have won a title or more titles had they gone to Ducati. Honda had to build a SP1 and 2 to get on equal terms and once they did , Hello change the rules again. Perhaps it,s ducati s turn to build a competitive bike instead of handicappping every one else because they are that much better. Twins are great , I ride an sp2 and will never sell it , on the road It,s easier to ride fast than a 1198. But pulling the pin because of this is all a bit rich really. The racin has been great anyway so it will be their loss not ours.  SP2 poor mans ducati, Yeh right. I think thats wise man s Ducati.

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