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Ducati Building Aluminium As Parallel Project

Submitted by Emmett on Thu, 2011-08-18

Ever since Valentino ended the first Valencia test in lowly 15th on the Ducati Desmosedici, one-and-three-quarter behind fastest man and former Jorge Lorenzo, there been calls for radical to Ducati’s MotoGP machine. calls have only as the season has progressed, the switch the GP11 to the GP11.1, the destroked of Ducati’s 2012 MotoGP having brought little until a few key parts were at Brno.

The focus of much of the anger and the paddock’s scepticism has Ducati’s monocoque carbon chassis. Ducati’s radically design has been pinpointed as the culprit for the problems with the with critics pointing to the the Japanese factories have had an aluminium twin spar as exemplified by Yamaha’s Deltabox If Ducati had an aluminium twin frame, the argument goes, would at least be confronting the on equal footing.

Crucially, the criticism has come not from outside of Ducati, but Valentino Rossi and his long-time chief Jeremy Burgess as Both Rossi and his crew have called for Ducati to run a project to design an aluminium to test whether such a would bring an improvement. By two different projects in parallel, the runs, the pace of development of the could greatly increased as the from the two projects is analyzed.

It appears that Rossi and are to get their wish. French Thomas Baujard of the magazine Journal has uncovered that are currently building an aluminium for the Ducati Desmosedici. A Ducati confirmed the news to Baujard at

Construction of the chassis has been out to a third-party chassis builder many years’ experience of aluminium parts. By contracting the of the chassis out, Ducati are the pitfalls that prevented from embarking on such a earlier, and which team Vito Guareschi continually when confronted by Italian Ducati has never built an twin spar chassis and has no in manufacturing them, and so would be with a huge deficit to the factories.

Ducati Corse General Filippo Preziosi remained coy on when he was quizzed about it by We are exploring different solutions, I don’t think material is the key Preziosi said. He reiterated the CF chassis was not a point of dogma for We are open-minded. We are ready to use what we is better.

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Preziosi pointed to the that Ducati abandoned iconic V twin configuration for a when they entered explaining that the rules at the time and currently push designers towards the use of a four, their natural preference for configuration. Sometimes you use a solution, the solution, depending what is in the rules. So for me, we are are open to use what we is better.

The move comes after made a big step forward the carbon fiber chassis at Ducati Corse brought a of new parts to help improve the end feel of the bike, which allowed Valentino Rossi to his position on the bike. The list of parts included fork and steering head bearings, Hayden told reporters on night, but they also the inserts used in the carbon steering head, a fact uncovered by Moto Journal Baujard.

The aim of the revised inserts was to modify the between the steering head and the CF frame, altering the feel of the end by changing the way that information was from forks through to the

The parts had given Rossi confidence in the front end, he on Saturday. The changes helped under braking, Rossi When I brake, I feel what happens on the front and I can force more the entry. So I can on the edge of the tire, which me to enter the corner a lot faster and a better line. The modifications a definite change for the better.

I think we improve some of our Rossi said, This is a but clear step. We are still not for the win, but we are more close.

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