Revellers at 2012 World Ducati Week got a surprise treat with defending World Superbike Champion Carlos Checa completing an unscheduled test of the WSBK-spec Ducati 1199 Panigale. The Althea Ducati racer has ridden the production version of the Panigale but this marked his first test of the WSBK-spec version. His maiden ride of the WSBK […]
The 2014 MotoGP Season Is Here! + Video
Ladies and gentlemen, the 2014 MotoGP season has officially begun, as bikes have started circulating around the Qatar circuit. This season has been filled with drama as Honda and Yamaha continue to fight for top honors. Meanwhile, Ducati has switched to the new Open rules, Aleix Espargaro has been lightning quick in testing, and what’s with these new Factory 2 rules?
MotoGP is set for a significant revamp in 2016, as a spec ECU will be mandated for every team. In order to best meet these new mandates, 2014 and 2015 will be experimentation years, where every rider, factory and team will clearly be looking to win now, but will also be incorporating and testing tactics, hardware, and software that might give them the edge in two years time.
But that’s all stuff to worry about later. For now, let’s celebrate the start of the 2014 season with this MotoGP-produced video. Considering Dorna’s copyright rules, the player may not work below. Instead click on the link to watch it. Who’s your money on in this season of unknowns?