Formula One particular isn’;t the only global racing series kicking off its 2014 season this month. So also is MotoGP, the best-tier 2-wheeled racing championship, with an eighteen-round season kicking off on March 23 in Qatar just before heading to Texas subsequent month.
One of the most significant alterations being put into effect for this season is a split in between 2 classes inside of the leading MotoGP class. Although Honda and Yamaha will duke it out in the Factory category with 4 bikes every single, Ducati has opted to go for the new Open group. Although the Factory bikes can map their own ECU software, the Open teams have to use spec software program but get much more fuel, a lot more engines and can proceed to build their engines more than the course of the season – important rewards that Ducati sees as intrinsic to winning in the new era of grand prix motorbike racing.
As a late off-season adjust, even though, race organizers made the decision Ducati would run in its very own class, referred to as Factory 2, which could see the Italian staff shed some of its Open-class advantages, based on how nicely the crew finishes come the begin of the season. Really feel totally free to go through far more about Factory 2 and its ramifications here.
The Italian staff revealed its new Desmosedici GP14 bike – total with matte livery – at an Audi press conference in Germany on Monday. The bike packs a one,000cc V4 engine with more than 235 horsepower on tap, capable of propelling it to a prime velocity in extra of 205 miles per hour. With former champions Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi getting left Ducati more than the course of the previous couple of seasons, the new Desmosedici will be campaigned by factory riders Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow and by privateers Andrea Iannone and Yonny Hernandez.
There’;s a whole mess of higher-res pictures in the gallery over, and if you happen to be a genuine motorbike racing fanboy, you can scope out the b-roll footage and the technical specs of the new bike under.
Engine: Liquid – cooled, 90 degree V4 4 – stroke, desmodromic DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Maximum energy: Far more than 235hp
Optimum velocity: In extra of 330 km/h (205 mph)
Transmission: Ducati Seamless Transmission (DST). Chain last drive
Carburation: Indirect Magneti Marelli elec tronic injection, 4 throttle bodies with injectors over and under the butterfly valves. Throttles operated by the new EVO 2 TCF (Throttle Control & Suggestions) system
Fuel: Shell Racing V-Electrical power
Lubricant: Shell Advance Ultra 4
Ignition: Magneti Marelli
Ultimate Drive: D.I.D Chain
Suspension: Öhlins inverted 48mm fork and Öhlins shock absorber, adjustable for preload, new factory evolution damping program
Tyres: Bridgestone 16.5″ front and rear
Brakes: Brembo, 2 320mm carbon front discs (340mm for Motegi race) with 4 – piston callipers. Single stainless steel rear disc with 2-piston calliper
Dry bodyweight: 160 kg (353 lbs.)