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Matthew Birt  says:

Ex-Ducati boss understands Open class appeal

Former factory Ducati boss Livio Suppo says he fully understands why the Bologna factory is seriously considering entering this year’s MotoGP world championship in the new Open class. It has been widely expected for weeks now that Ducati will enter Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso as an Open entry, which will allow new technical boss Gigi Dall’Igna more freedom to develop...

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  • Posted 204 days ago (24 February 2014 10:25)

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Nov 09

Posts: 164

jewels says:

horse racin

lower it in class it shud win the selling race,

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May 12

Posts: 183

rocketri17 says:

Makes sense..

Though it will likely anger some fans. 

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Bob Buttamasangy


Jul 08

Posts: 1363

They have no option, only that smiley bloke in the red cap could pull them out of the poo if they choose not to go Open.

I can't see HRC's opinion preventing the series from going this way, Ducati may as well get a head start as such.

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Nov 03

Posts: 2141

saturn392 says:


As a full 'factory' bike it's kind of bending the rules a bit IMO.   Having said that performance wise last year they were no better than the top CRT's.  I wonder what the reaction would be if Honda said they were going to do that.

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Oct 13

Posts: 427

Hope they do it

 For the sake of Ducati this needs to happen. The longer they carry on as a factory bike the more and more behind they are getting, especially as they won't be able to develop anything throughout the year! The open class seems to be the only serious option Ducati have got at being back near the front. If they opt to stay as a factory bike i would start to question their plans as a factory, what would remaing as a factory team actually achieve for them?

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Jul 06

Posts: 57

edmundolf says:

Got no choice.

They need to develop. Only a fool would say stay factory with all its limitations.

They are so far behind even the likes of Stoner, Marquez, Lorenzo or any other God you might think to put on it would have no chance at present.  Rossi, Haydon, Dovi etc already proved what a pile of poo it is at the moment, despite what the haters might say. The bike as it is just don't and never will cut it in its present form, so development is the only no brain option and that means open.

Only thing i wondered is once you go open can you go back to factory at a later date?

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Apr 12

Posts: 165

aintnothin says:


Development capability vs. using Marelli software.  I think most everything else can remain as-is.

Many things can be worked on for improvements as an Open entry, and most likely Ducati could work on their own software during the year back in Bologna in parallel with the changes they are making at the track, in preparation for 2015.

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Aug 02

Posts: 587

winger says:

Yep Open Class gets my vote as well,not that there's any option!!!

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