Factory support for Moto Rapido Ducati in BSB

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The Moto Rapido Ducati bike of Jakub Smrz will benefit from added support from Ducati Corse for the 2015 MCE British Superbike season, as the Italian manufacturer becomes more heavily involved in the team.

In preparation, the squad have made considerable changes from 2014, with new suspension, swinging arm and fuel tanks helping to match up the team’s BSB machine with the WSB bikes of Chaz Davies and Davide Guigliano, as team boss Steve Moore explained.

“The changes mean we can now talk to the test riders and engineers, see how they’re fixing those problems, and try and replicate it. We’ll have data we can both share that’s going to be more relevant and direct.”

“The electronics differences will make things a bit difficult, but there’s nothing we can do about that. Kuba and I went to the factory in December, and we’ve just been looking through their testing notes, seeing what they’re doing to fix the things he didn’t like about the bike – because they’ve had similar problems.”

“They have a dedicated test team as well as the race team, and that means that there’s huge amounts of data, plus loads of riders and engineers available to talk to and troubleshoot with. We’re hopefully going to start the season with a really handy set of data – and probably a whole new set of questions to answer too!”

The team are set to get underway next month, with a test at Spain’s Cartagena circuit.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer