Ducati recently unveiled its official 2014 MotoGP team, including new rider Cal Crutchlow, and the controversial contender both he and teammate Andrea Dovizioso will pilot this year: the Ducati GP14. Having confirmed at the last possible moment that it will indeed take advantage of the Open class rules in MotoGP, allowing 12 engines (vs. six for Factory teams), 24 liters of fuel (vs. 20 liters), a softer option tire Factory teams can’t use, and the opportunity for development throughout the year (which Factory teams don’t have), the boys in Borgo Panigale are looking to make a splash this year after a dismal post-Casey Stoner era.
Time will tell if they are successful. For now, enjoy the gallery below of the Ducati GP14, followed by the technical specifications. Tell us what you think of the bike in the comments below.
Ducati Desmosedici GP14 Technical Specifications
|Engine Type||Liquid-cooled, 90 degree V4 four-stroke, desmodromic DOHC, four valves per cylinder|
|Maximum Power||More than 235hp|
|Maximum Speed||In excess of 205 mph|
|Transmission||Ducati Seamless Transmission (DST)|
|Fueling||Indirect Magneti Marelli electronic injection, four throttle bodies with injectors above and below the butterfly valves. Throttles operated by the new EVO 2 TCF (Throttle Control & Feedback) system|
|Fuel||Shell Racing V-Power|
|Final Drive||D.I.D. Chain|
|Suspnsion||Öhlins inverted 48mm fork and Öhlins shock absorber, adjustable for preload, new factory evolution damping system|
|Tires||Bridgestone 16.5″ front and rear|
|Brakes||Brembo, two 320mm carbon front discs (340mm for Motegi race) with four-piston callipers. Single stainless steel rear disc with two-piston calliper|
|Dry Weight||353 lbs.|