2014 Ducati Desmosedici GP14 Debuts in Germany

03/10/2014 @ 5:18 pm, by Jensen Beeler16 COMMENTS

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It’s been a weird year for factory MotoGP bike debuts. With Ducati now a part of Audi AG, the Italian team’s Wrooom! debut event was nixed, as it was jointly hosted with Ferrari.

Meanwhile in Indonesia, Yamaha Racing debuted in what looked like a basement service closet, though thankfully Movistar has come on-board as a title sponsor, creating the need to retake the team’s livery photos — hopefully with a little post-processing this time.

Just two weeks away from the opening round of the MotoGP season, in Qatar, Ducati Corse has now officially debuted its racing machine, the 2014 Ducati Desmosedici GP14.

Entered into the Open Category, Ducati will have more engines, more fuel, and softer tires for the 2014 season. Stuck though with the spec-ECU software, Ducati Corse trades that concession for the ability to continually develop its motorcycle.

This of course has angered Honda and Yamaha, who view the Open Category as the low-cost option for teams wishing to race in MotoGP. As such, Dorna has responded by placing Ducati in a new class called the “Factory 2 Option” — a class that will introduce the Factory Option restrictions, should Ducati hit certain competitive thresholds.

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Source: Ducati Corse

Comment:

  1. chris says:

    ahhh, that’s better…. and the highest resolution i can find thus far. thanks! this thing needs a tumblr reblog button.

  2. Jw says:

    I like to post these on FB

  3. Jtourismo says:

    Oh Wow! Is that a dirty Akrapovic? The Germans really have taken over.

  4. 2ndclass says:

    Because they’re using a Slovenian exhaust?

  5. monkeyfumi says:

    The top yoke looks like a straight copy of the Yamaha’s

  6. Norm G. says:

    re: “Any idea what that CF box is right before the muffler”

    that may be a racing EXUP. I believe the RSV’s are sporting them over in WSBK. since it’s arrival coincides with the arrival Louie…? one could deduce it’s a tuning approach he’s brought with him…? not 100%, but it seems logical.

  7. Norm G. says:

    re: “The top yoke looks like a straight copy of the Yamaha’s”

    the little contribution came courtesy of Ross and Jeremy, Valencia post season November 2010.

  8. Piero says:

    In one of the pictures, I noticed that they no longer paint the cf body panels and rather have them covered with their specific graphic veneers. I guess this way they don’t spend as much money on the detailed paintwork and can have the spar parts readily available at lower cost. If it’s light enough it will carry less weight than paint as well. Good luck to them…

  9. smiler says:

    2ndclass says:
    March 10, 2014 at 9:18 PM
    Because they’re using a Slovenian exhaust?

    No because Audi use Acrapovich.

    Of course it is. See what has happened to Lambo, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Seat, Skoda and now Ducati.
    Ducati have always used Termignoni, now on the Superleggera and GP14, Acrapovich exhausts. (There are no german manufacturers)

    The bike looks good.

  10. Ducracerx99 says:

    Ducati is copying Yamaha so much!! Top yoke, Akra exhaust, even the tail section looks like theM1.

  11. smiler says:

    Ducracerx99 says, Ducati is copying Yamaha so much

    Do you want it to win or not? it will look more and more like the Yamaha and RCV.

  12. Gutterslob says:

    Zomg! It’s got a frame!!

  13. Norm G. says:

    re: “even the tail section looks like theM1.”

    check the upper and the profile of the side fairings. it’s a spot on match.

  14. Norm G. says:

    fairings and chassis of the Yamaha with the engine configuration/exhaust routing similar to that of the Honda.

    see entry for the axiom… “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em”.

  15. Notice that frame truss configuration, old-school baby old-school. Now maybe they’ll win a race.