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Simon Patterson  says:

Ducati confirm move from factory to open class

Ducati have finally announced that they will make the move from factory to open class in 2014, with the team ditching their own electronics software in return for extra fuel, tyres and engine development. The Bologna factory has been experimenting with the option for a number of months, and rumours are circulating the paddock that it was an open class machine...

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  • Posted 202 days ago (28 February 2014 11:41)

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Jul 11

Posts: 1848

CHRainmaker says:

That's that then..

 ..a very good move to my way of thinking. They now have the development time required to work on the engine, whilst still having the potential to be competitive come race day. It looks as though there's finally someone steering this ship to calmer seas...

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Jul 06

Posts: 2049

buelligan272 says:

lookin good at last!

I really hope Ducati can make some progress this year.
It will probably a long hard year again but at least they now have more potential of eventually becoming competitive as a factory team(???)

Of course some thought the problem was the riders and not the bikes not mentioning anyone or two.(conjoined twins) oops.

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Nov 11

Posts: 792

Firebird3 says:

A very good move by Ducati. The 'open' ECU in the Ducati might be more competitive than Dorna envisaged and may spoil the party for the factory teams.

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Sheene Fan7


Mar 03

Posts: 249

Sheene Fan7 says:

its a good move, they need to be able to work on the engine in relation to its frame mounts etc

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Aug 13

Posts: 33

peld says:

well they might win something this season anyway! (Although they may have trouble beating Aleix on current form)

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Nov 03

Posts: 2145

saturn392 says:

Good time from Dovi

If Ducati start fighting for podiums and possible wins with the 'open' class advantage will it put pressure on the Big Two to go there 2015 thus buying into Dorna's plan or will HRC quit in a fit of pique ?

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Jan 11

Posts: 124

petedj says:

World Championship?

What is the point of the factory option? Why restrict the amount of fuel. Using 4 ltrs. of fuel less, each race, has to be a major cost saving for the factory teams and not really a massive expense to get an engine to run smoothly that weak. Surely a bike that uses less fuel weighs less on the start line is that not good enough? No developement of engines over the year? Where does that come from? It is supposed to be a world championship. Why not just give the title to Honda? After all they have the most money to throw at it. Alternatively award it to the fastest team in pre season testing. Why isn't everyone running in the open class?

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Apr 11

Posts: 3353

Bultoboy says:


You really need to grow up Buell

Of course some thought the problem was the riders and not the bikes not mentioning anyone or two.(conjoined twins) oops.

Perhaps the current rider, Dovi, has given them some more worthwhile, less cyclonic, confused information than the previous incumbent which has allowed the engineers to make some more benficial changes. ****.

Back on subject, Dovi found much less of a difference than they expected between Ducati's own and the standard spec software. With little ost in lap times, the Open decision seems the right one to make. His lap times looked good by comparison too on his longer run which would be encouraging, only Pedrosa and maybe Bradl were out of reach, otherwise they were on a par with the other of today's longer runners.

Maybe, hopefully, an upturn in fortune at last, but testing has thrown up false impressions for many teams in past years.

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Aug 13

Posts: 33

peld says:

thinkign about it, it would have been nice for Honda & Yamaha to enter a factory backed open class bike, would have really seen the max potential difference between software and fuel changes and allowed them to develop the next bike

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Jul 12

Posts: 3054

wosihound says:

Shifting sands..

Brave move by Ducati..

How long before Yamaha follow, leaving Honda isolated racing against themselves?

Will they stay..with Nakamoto doing more back-flips than the Gumby Gang?

2017 was mooted..can't see it being that long.

Are we about to see a repeat of 2007..the fastest bike on the straights, holding others up in the corners?

Let's hope so.

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