MotoGP: what about the Grand Prix technology on the production bike? The Ducati example

There’s nothing to say the Ducati Offensive has been irate about developing in areas allowed by a regulation that its competitors don’t seem to have actually read. Honda, KTM and a little Aprilia tried to question the strategy as well as the legitimacy of the Borgo Panigale men, arguing that all their advances would never serve the cause of the series. A quarrel of desperate and defeated Englishmen, which is also a slippery slope. For among the demonstrators some costly developments have been imposed that are not found in the slightest concession on their motorcycles. At Ducati, the connection between the competition and the machines in its range has never been so strong or obvious.

It could also be argued that MotoGP is about prototypes, which by definition have nothing to do with machines derived from the series, namely the superbikes, which light up in a category of their own. So why bring the debate about technical defeats to the field of bikes in the range? But let’s address the criticism anyway Ducati to answer them as clearly as possible through this interesting study conducted by Motorsport total.

First of all, it can be argued that no other manufacturer has introduced new technologies into series production so quickly Ducati these last few years. The 1098R was the first road bike with traction control. The Panigale V4R brought MotoGP style fins to the series. Also, there is no closer connection between MotoGP and Superbike engines from other manufacturers. With the Panigale V4, Ducati not only uses the same engine concept as in Grand Prix racing… The Italians are also the only manufacturer to offer their customers the same valve control as in MotoGP. On the Panigale models, the valves are controlled by the Desmodromic system, which also allows high engine speeds on the Desmosedici.

Ducati: ” We transfer a lot to our sports bikes

However, Ducati other technical highlights, such as the “seamless” gearbox or the height-adjustable chassis, could not yet be introduced into series production. ” never say Never. Things that now seem impossible to translate to the show could be possible in the years to come. However, there are some things that are difficult to use in the series. », remarks the technical director of Ducati David Barana. ” This includes the carbon brakesthat require high temperatures to function properly. It is difficult to maintain these temperatures on the road “, To explain David Barana.

But the engineer adds: in the case of aerodynamics, on the other hand, we can transfer many developments. The same applies to the engine. A few years ago we introduced the V4 engine, which comes directly from the racing engine. We transfer a lot to our sport bikes », explains the engineer Ducati.

But technology transfer is not the only interest Ducati. The Italians also use MotoGP to train their engineers…” Racing experience is very important for Ducati to teach a methodical way of working. We train engineers. There is a great exchange with the engineers in the racing department and vice versa “, To explain David Barana. ” The head of production model development is a good colleague and friend with whom I worked for ten years in the racing department. We exchange ideas very regularly and support each other. This is very important for a company like Ducati, which is not as big as the Japanese ‘ ends the manager of Ducati.

A final argument for confirmation discourse on method prepared by David Brivio what explains the revolution Ducati Europeans in particular, and in general, have been producing in MotoGP in recent years, not only leaving the Japanese behind but also overtaking competitors from the same continent. We’ll talk about that soon…


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