MotoGP: A Ducati Desmosedici GP13 Production Racer?

06/29/2013 @ 12:51 pm, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

MotoGP: A Ducati Desmosedici GP13 Production Racer? 2013 Desmosedici GP13 LCD dash Jensen Beeler 635x421

Speaking with MotoGP.com, Ducati’s MotoGP Project Director Paolo Ciabatti has revealed that the Italian factory is considering making a production racer version of the Ducati Desmosedici GP13 that will be made available to privateer MotoGP teams.

Conceived along the same vein as Honda’s RC213V-based production racer, the Ducati race bike would be available only to privateer teams in MotoGP, and would fall under MotoGP’s new rules, which make distinctions between factory and privateer bikes.

“Since the new rules came out for next year, where it is actually possible for a full MotoGP bike to run in what would have been the CRT class – using the single ECU and single software – we are considering to make available the 2013 bike with this package,” said  Ciabatti while talking to MotoGP.com

With MotoGP doing away with the “CRT” distinction, in 2014 the guiding light for determining factory and non-factory machines will be the ECU software. Seeing a spec-ECU introduced into MotoGP starting in 2014, the bargain that Dorna had to strike with the MSMA was that the factory teams could use their own software on the Magneti Marelli ECU’s.

To help close the gap to the factory outfits, privateer teams that are on the Magneti Marelli electronics will also get an additional four liters of fuel (24 liters in total), and will be limited 12 engines, instead of the five engine for factory teams, for the entire season.

With this distinction in mind, Ducati sees an opportunity to offer its current full-fledged MotoGP race bike, the Ducati Desmosedici GP13, to private teams with the spec-ECU and spec-software taking the place of Ducati Corse’s technology.

Since the GP13 has struggled in MotoGP to-date, even in the hands of Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso, some may question the feasibility of the project, and potential interest from race teams for a production racer variant of the Desmosedici, however the move might be a master-stroke from Ducati.

For the 2013 season, CRT teams have access to an even softer compound of Bridgestone tire than the factory machines, which has helped the production-based machines close the gap to the factory-built equipment.

Ducati personnel have made no secret out of the fact that the CRT tire would help aid them in their front-end troubles, so if the same tire distinctions are held in place for the 2014 season, a production racer Desmosedici could be surprisingly competitive.

It remains to be seen whether Ducati Corse follows through with its production racer plans, and whether any teams will nibble at the chance for an alternative to Honda’s similar project, but with HRC so far ahead of Ducati Corse in developing a production racer, one too has to wonder if there is enough time for Ducati to build and develop production racer variants of its GP13.

However, if the bike is kept very close to spec as the current GP machine, the development time may not take long at all, with the real R&D residing in bringing the electronics up to par. As always, time will tell, but it looks like Ducati will have a go/no-go announcement by the Laguna Seca round.

Source: MotoGP.com; Photo: © 2013 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

Comment:

  1. dc4go says:

    I don’t hate Ducati and I have 3 of them in my garage, but… Why on earth would any one buy a “PRODUCTION RACER” from Ducati when they clearly can get their own bike to work?? Every Ducati finished behind Alexi in a ART bike in Assen. I’d rather lease that out . Wonder how the Honda production racer and Yami leased bike compare to the current ART bike in terms of speed?

  2. TexusTim says:

    didnt you hear ? there about to solve there problems….just in time to sell a racer spec production bike ? whaat ?

  3. CTK says:

    The CRT front tire is a wildcard. It could be the key

  4. crab753 says:

    Perhaps a better idea would be for Ducati to lease or sell engines to a team like Marc VDS or NGM. Maybe someone like Kalex could shed a completely new light on the chronic under steer and pumping problems with that beast. Hayden and Dovi are both podium finishers. On the Ducati they’re lucky to finish 5th or 6th or scrapping with the CRT’s for 10th & 11th. Unless Ducati is developing a secret weapon I can’t imagine anyone investing in the whole package.

  5. Norm G. says:

    i’ll co-sign the engine lease idea. once ciabatti mentions lucky model year “2013”, that full bike idea immediately becomes a non-starter. :(

    like yam, put engines on lend and post a boffin with each team. and YES, some of these teams might be able to build a better ally chassis than you. ok, so you can’t build a frame, who gives a crap. but therein lies THE BIG IDEA.

    swallowing a little pride now will see them reap a HUGE windfall later. it’s a WIN/WIN. the teams get what they want, and they get the revenue stream, paddock proliferation, and product control THEY want.

    and if they’re really smart, they can even offer an OPTIONAL deal to the teams. ie. those willing to feed back chassis data to bologna…??? qualify for a reduced lease rate. it’s brilliant.

    remember, the goal here is for them to play to their strengths, and their strength is in the DESMO…!!! always has been. thank you Norm G, you’re welcome Ducati.

  6. Norm G. says:

    re: “Since the GP13 has struggled in MotoGP to-date, even in the hands of Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso, some may question the feasibility of the project, and potential interest from race teams for a production racer variant of the Desmosedici, however the move might be a master-stroke from Ducati.”

    perhaps they haven’t been keeping up with current events, but THE ENTIRE PADDOCK just watched their “lucky 13’s” suck wind in the Netherlands.

  7. Norm G. says:

    re: “Ducati personnel have made no secret out of the fact that they (think) the CRT tire would help aid them in their front-end troubles”

    and Honda have made no secret they’re engine is actually a 90V, and they’ve been able to make their kit work WITHOUT “stinkin’ badges” or “soft tyres”.

    best to assume worst case scenario, that when CRT goes away so will their special tyre allocation. it’s the only way to be sure.

  8. Westward says:

    Some of you clearly read the title of the article without actually reading the article. If you had then one would know why this could be a win win for Ducati, and maybe even an actual win.

    Both Hayden and Dovi have qualified well, as well as raced near the front. If the CRT tyre is an advantage, the Ducati would not have to change a single thing on the bike and they would gain better handling and enough fuel to full throttle it without being nearly as conservative.

  9. Westward says:

    @Crab753

    That’s what I ve been sayin’, Kalex seems to have found a solution in Moto2, which they seem to dominate.

  10. dc4go says:

    Ducati should follow Yami and lease out the motors. The Desmo is the most powerful bike in MOTOGP with the worst chassis. If Kalex or Suter can make the bike handle then it’s a WIN/WIN situation. They can help each other out and make it back to the front..

  11. paulus says:

    How about if Ducati cease their factory entry… and ‘support’ satelite teams only.
    More fuel, stickier tyres, still have race presence and possibly better results
    Just a thought!

  12. Norm G. says:

    re: “Ducati should follow Yami and lease out the motors. The Desmo is the most powerful bike in MOTOGP with the worst chassis.”

    re: “How about if Ducati cease their factory entry… and ‘support’ satelite teams only.”

    see dc4go and Paulus get’s it. gentlemen, I’ve scheduled your medal pining ceremony for 08:00 tomorrow and given you extended weekend liberty starting thursday. carry-on.