2016 Ducati Desmosedici GP – AKA, The Desmo 16 GP

02/23/2016 @ 12:25 pm, by Jensen Beeler28 COMMENTS


The 2016 Ducati Desmosedici GP, also known as the Desmo 16 GP, will be the factory-backed machine that Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone campaign in this year’s MotoGP Championship.

Like its name change, the Desmo 16 GP is an evolution over last year’s model, the Desmosedici GP15. Subtle changes can be seen to the aerodynamics package, the most striking aspects of which are the four aerodynamical wings that protrude like a catfishes whiskers from the motorcycle.

The Akrapovič exhaust system has been changed slightly as well, with its low-mount can tucked nicely away into the Desmo 16 GP’s belly pan.

Of course, the big changes are the 17″ wheels that are now shod with Michelin tires, as well as the unified spec-electronics package that is hidden within the Desmo 16’s ECU – these being the big rules changes for the 2016 season.

Great hope has been placed on the shoulders of the 2016 Ducati Desmosedici GP, with the expectation that the machine can gain Ducati a MotoGP victory this year.

With ample power, and finally sharp handling, the recipe is all there, but Ducati Corse clearly has some more work to do before the season-opener in Qatar.


































Ducati Desmosedici D16 GP Technical Specifications:

Engine: Liquid-cooled, 90° V4, four-stroke, evo desmodromic DOHC, four valves per cylinder

Capacity: 1,000cc
Maximum power: Over 245hp
Maximum speed: Over 340 km/h (211 mph)
Transmission: Ducati Seamless Transmission (DST_EVO). Chain final drive

Carburation: Indirect 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; Lubricant: Shell Advance Ultra 4; Exhaust: Akrapovic
Final Drive: D.I.D Chain

Frame: Aluminium alloy twin-spar

Suspension: Öhlins inverted 48mm front fork and Öhlins rear shock absorber, adjustable for preload, new factory evolution damping system

Electronics: Magneti Marelli ECU programmed with Dorna Unified Software Tyres: Michelin 17″ front and rear

Brakes: Brembo, two 320mm/340mm carbon front discs with four-piston callipers. Single stainless steel rear disc with two-piston calliper

Dry weight: 157 kg (346.1 lbs.)

Source: Ducati Corse

  • Daniel Croft

    Front end = predator. *gag*

  • Jake F.

    Built for looks, it is not. The thing had better perform miracles on the track, or it has no justification for its existence. Yeesh!

  • Fil

    What could be that machined lever under the throttle?

  • Henry D

    I was gonna ask where was the GP 16 updates. They better/gonna Kickstand Up so hard this year :-)

  • Adrian7073

    Looks amazing!

  • Jason

    It is a guard to protect the front brake lever from being applied from contact with another rider.

  • Fil

    No not the guard but that small silver thumb-operated lever ;-)

  • I hate you so much.

  • Dovi uses a thumb lever for the rear brake.

  • Nicko55

    God gawd, they can’t ban strakes soon enough.

  • Daniel Caruso

    Apart front the Aero wings the bike is beautiful.. Like the frame cut outs, carbon swing arm and the paint job.. Hopefully the can complete all year upfront , Forza Ducati !!!

  • Alclab

    I really don’t think the bike is beautiful (not just the wings, the rear looks kind of funny IMHO), however, we may be starting to see a tendency… After all, this is MotoGP a.k.a. “prototype racing”, so in a sense they should look way more functional than beautiful; just as a F1 car does not resemble a road legal vehicle. I do see manufacturers struggling more to sell a Motorcycle “from race inspired DNA” if they look like this…

  • irksome

    That straight-on front shot is like a visual stutter but the straight-on rear view is poetry.

  • Andrey

    These guys are searching for every single kilometre per hour so I don’t give a rats ass as long as it gives them an edge somewhere / anywhere.
    Too many armchair mechanics…..

  • Fil

    Thats absolutely right, but thumb lever for the rear brake is on the left handlebar. And this small machined silver lever on the right one is also on both Ducatis…

  • Bluey


  • John Goddard

    Too bad Red bull sponsors the Honda team

  • Bob Krzeszkiewicz

    By the way the aerofoils are oriented, you can tell it’s all about sucking that front end down. The whole grid has stated that more force needs to be placed on the front or it washes out. Trail braking intothe turn, fine. Once the brakes are off mid corner, you need to be on the throttle to load the front, but when you have to back off when leaned over, like avoiding another rider’s back wheel, the tire unloads and it’s a yard sale. This is what the riders are complaining about. Normally, moving the engine forward in the chassis fixes this issue but Ducati can’t by the engine’s configuration. Looks like it’s gonna have to be up to the wings or move the cockpit forward.

  • Bob Krzeszkiewicz

    Even Red Bull can’t give the Honda wings?

  • grahluk

    It’s still something of a mystery where exactly those strakes are supposed to be effective, or if they are. I’ve also read/heard much that they are not large enough to make any effect at lower or cornering speeds but that they are all about helping keep the nose down on the straights. Combating air behind the wheel under the nose cowl’s that causes lift at higher speeds and also the fact that they have enough power to lift the wheel in all gears on the straight. Idea is floated that this takes some of the anti wheelie work away from the software.

    Do we really know? Does Ducati? Does anyone? Jury is still out on these things.

  • grahluk

    Interesting. I too remember a small lever on Dovi’s left bar in recent seasons. Some said thumb break, others said that was a deflection and it had something to do with their seamless clutch operation from start or neutral. Can’t remember exactly. It’s odd that it’s on the right now. I can’t imagine it a rear brake on the same hand that is also simultaneously manipulating front brake & throttle. Seems a bit too complicated to manage all of that at once into a corner with one hand. Then again maybe Dovi is a playstation Jedi.

  • Joe D

    @bobkrzeszkiewicz:disqus You win a gold star, Sir. Just like aircraft wings that generate lift except this is negative lift, if you will.

  • Paul M. Fenn

    Stupid Q: What are the coloured buttons and metallic twist dial thingy for on the left side of the bars?

  • They can be anything, really. Usually it’s buttons to change the levels on the traction control, throttle map, engine braking, etc. One is usually the pit lane speed limiter too.

  • Grant Madden

    It’s a bird? It’s a plane?It’s a cheese grater? It’s a motorcycle!!

  • Paul M. Fenn

    Jensen (great, speedy name), are you my go-to man for MotoGP questions? It’s such a huge religion. The more I learn about it the more I realize how little I know.

  • Eddie Smith

    High speed transitions. Jensen doesn’t believe me though.

  • H.T.V. Blu