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Matthew Birt  says:

Ducati cagey on shock MotoGP strategy plans

Ducati has refused to confirm speculation that it is seriously contemplating a radical strategy change by racing in the new Open class format in the 2014 MotoGP world championship. It has been widely reported that the Bologna factory, now led by former Aprilia boss Gigi Dall’Igna, is pondering not racing under regulations for factories like Honda and Yamaha when the new...

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Oct 09

Posts: 198

ThePornstar says:

 It's a done deal. Only a moron would sign up for another season on that chopper, Gigi is no moron and will be carving up that tub like Indian Larry, and then breaking out a brande new motor about half way through the season. Makes sense, lets hope it works or Cal and Dovi will struggle to outrun the pace car.

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Sep 11

Posts: 7

RobinC says:

Extra fuel, twice the engines, free development, softer tyres? Other than using their own electronics is there any advantage in running as a factory team? 

Sounds like Dorna has the restrictions the wrong way around, I'm surprised all the factory teams do'nt do this unless there is something we've missed or not been told. 

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Oct 13

Posts: 437

Gathering Momentum

 This rumour is really starting to gather momentum now, I didn't expect a statement from Ducati on the matter. I don't think there is really any disadvantage for Ducati to move to the open class. Halfway through the season if they were competing as "open" they could make some developments that blow the other factories out of the water. I can't believe that this isn't a done deal yet.

The only thing with this news (if it is true) leaking is that Yamaha might follow suit if they think they are going to be at a disadvantage, and if two out of three factories switch how long will Honda hold out? I bet Mr Ezpeleta must be praying to his lucky stars that Ducati make the switch and start the ball rolling for him, everyone could be running his software sooner than planned and without him having to force them with a rule change!


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Mar 09

Posts: 5210

Nostrodamus says:

Very intriguing

I thought some of the factory option boys might whinge to their paymasters about wanting a open class machine at some stage this year, although I never anticipated it even before the pre season!

Whilst on one hand this move (if it does eventuate) has the white flagged tinge of surrender to the superiority of the Japanese factories, on the other it makes so much sense given we all know this is the future direction of MotoGP; whether HRC like it or not.

Ducati have just endured two chaotic and one stagnant year of 'development'. They really need this 12 engine rule if the mumurred repackaging of their L vee four is to come about.

So a surrender and a gamble in which they hope to catch a march on HRC & YMC. But let's not forget both Japanese factories have their bets hedged with their wolves in sheep clothing proddie racers.

This could add a nice dollop of spice to the 2014 season. Let's see what Corse roll out for Sepang.

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Nov 03

Posts: 2154

saturn392 says:

It won't be the first time

Ducati stole a march on Jap giants.  They had their 800 ready and were testing it half way through the final 990 season before the Japs even rolled out their 800's.  If this is the way of the future then why doesn't Dorna just make a decision - take it or leave it.  I guess the power, might and influence of HRC is the reason.

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peter rabbit


Nov 02

Posts: 2466

peter rabbit says:


Be ironic if Cal won the championship on an open class Duke - only to be remembered as not a proper MotoGP champion.....

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Oct 08

Posts: 593

hello4646 says:


It did not stop them running bigger engines in WSB for years and gaining an advantage. So why not run with the extra fuel etc…. TT benny – lets see how long you keep this username!


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Feb 13

Posts: 1275

AlexDAbomB69 says:

Honda Racing Corporation vice-president Shuhei Nakamoto

 has said HRC are 99% sure they  will pull out of Moto Gp completely if it goes to control ecu's and the open class has a better advantage. He is of the opinion its the only way to develop tech for road bikes? Lets see where this one goes shall we.

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Oct 13

Posts: 437

Honda talk the talk...

 ...but will they walk the walk? I can't believe Honda would pull out with a team like they have now. The control ECU is coming and there is nothing they can do about it. They will kick and scream and try and regain the stranglehold they once held over the sport, and when it is all said and done they will comply with the new rules. Where else are they going to race? WSB is controlled by Dorna as well, BSB? Will they try and start their own championship? Who knows, but with Suzuki coming back and the possibility of BMW entering MotoGP in the not too distant future Honda don't have a lot of cards left to play.

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Mar 13

Posts: 127

glm7354 says:

Ducati will do what didd past years in WSB.Does anyone remember 25 kgr benefit to wintitles.                            Full factory team in open class will reduse the cost?It sound ridiculous.

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