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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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jamieg999

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jamieg999 says:

Now the future of GPs has become clearer

Handing over your algorithms is the true master stroke from Ducati, it's unlikely any of the other teams have the capability to use them fully so Ducati seem to have gained much without really losing anything.

The extra flexibility to develop the bike is only part of the reason they've gone "open", the realisation that that's the future format is probably the real reason and they get the multiple benefits of extra fuel, engines, development, tyres, continued software development etc for a loss of not much really.

I would be entirely unsurprised to see Ducati winning this season.

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jewels

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jewels says:

im back

they have just realised the bike crap,yes JEWELS is back after a week of being cut off from the WEB to much abuse going out ,YES IM BACK,

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Bultoboy

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Bultoboy says:

word is that Dovis fast lap was on a Factory spec, not Open spec bike.

Probably but not entirely sure. However, he did say there was little noticebale difference to lap times between the two types of software. His long run on day 3, which presumably was with the Open ECU, was very close to Bradl's pace who was only bettered by Lorenzo and Pedrosa.

Have they really made inroads to a solution? Hopefully so, and that it's not another false dawn

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saturn392

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saturn392 says:

Develoment

I don't think we'll see much improvement before mid-season .. there is no quick fix for Ducati's problems. The open class will give them the opportunity to improve in all areas while engine development for the factories is frozen.    By mid season we'll see whether that progress is significant and whether they will be up there by the end of the season. 

Dovi has had a season on it .. I wonder how good Cal's development feedback is ? 

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Firebird3

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Firebird3 says:

 Obviously the 'open' ECU makes the bike less competitive than the factory option,  but what was it tested on.   Presumably it was tested in comparison with a Honda, so what is not say that once  fitted to the Ducati it may throw up completely different results and the Ducati is ultra competitive. Interesting times.

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davefinnerty

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davefinnerty says:

Same

 I think this is definitely the way forward for Ducati. Id like to know where Yamaha stand on the issue though, I presume because of the Forward Racing bake they are not against it and will gather plenty of useful data from Pol's bike.

I dont think its the answer for Moto GP in the long term though because GP needs to be the the pinnicle of technology and I presume if all swithch to Opne Class it wont  be long until they decide to put a development freeze on engines again if the factories start pouring the money once destined for electronics back in to engine development and costs spiral again.

I dont think cost cutting measures work in GP's unless they could implement an overall budget cap which judging by F1 is very diffiicult to do

 

 

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