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

It goes without saying that Ducati’s attack has been furious in terms of development in areas allowed by a rule that its rivals probably don’t bother to read. Honda, KTM and a bit of Aprilia tried to question the strategy and legitimacy of the Borgo Panigale men, claiming that all their progress would never serve the series. A desperate and defeated argument is backed into a corner, which is a slippery slope. Because some of the protestors have applied expensive developments on their motorcycles in the concessions. While at Ducati, the connection between the competition and the machines in its range has never been stronger and more evident.

It could also be argued that MotoGP refers to prototypes that have nothing to do with series-derived machines, which are Superbikes that shine in a particular category. So why bring the technical defeat argument to the motorcycle side of the range? But let’s mention the criticisms Ducati to answer them as clearly as possible through this fascinating study by motorsport-total.

To begin with, it can be argued that no other manufacturer has introduced new technologies into mass production faster Ducati these last years. The 1098R was the first street bike with traction control. The Panigale V4R introduced MotoGP-style fins to the series. Furthermore, no other manufacturer has a closer relationship between MotoGP and Superbike engines. With the Panigale V4, Ducati not only does it use 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. The valves on the Panigale models are controlled by the Desmodromic system, which allows for high engine speeds on the Desmosedici.

Ducati: ” we transfer a lot to our sports bikes

However, Ducati it has not yet been able to introduce other technical points, such as a “seamless” gearbox or a height-adjustable chassis, into serial production. ” Never say never. Things that seem impossible to transfer to the show now may be possible in the years to come. However, there are some things that are difficult to use in the series. », notes the technical director of Ducati David Barana. ” This is included carbon brakeswhich requires high temperatures to function properly. It is difficult to maintain this temperature on the road “, explain David Barana.

But the engineer adds: and in the case of aerodynamics, we can transfer many developments. The same goes for the engine. A few years ago we introduced a V4 engine that came directly from a racing engine. We transfer a lot to our sports bikes “, the engineer explains Ducati.

But it is not only technology transfer that is interesting Ducati. The Italians also use MotoGP to train their engineers…” Racing experience is very important to Ducati to convey a methodical way of working. We train engineers. There is a great deal of exchange with the racing department engineers and vice versa “, explain David Barana. ” The head of the Production Model Development department is a good colleague and friend of mine who I worked with in the racing department for ten years. We regularly exchange ideas and support each other. This is very important for a company like Ducati, which is not as big as the Japanese ” finished the manager Ducati.

The last argument in the affirmative talk about the method made by Davide Brivio explaining the revolution Ducati Europeans in particular and in general have produced in MotoGP in recent years, not only stopping the Japanese by the wayside, but outshining their rivals from the same continent. We’ll talk about that soon…


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