Photos: Ducati Desmosedici GP15

02/16/2015 @ 4:34 am, by Jensen Beeler26 COMMENTS


The Ducati Desmosedici GP15 is a machine that has been long in the making. It represents Gigi Dall’Igna’s next step forward for the wayward Ducati Corse MotoGP team, and it is the dubious honor of holding the hopes of Ducati fans around the world, who see the machine as the silver bullet that will return Ducati to the forefront of racing prowess. No pressure.

Since theDesmosedici GP15 was a no-show at Sepang, Ducati held a special unveiling ceremony in Bologna today, and also used the opportunity to unveil the 2015 team and its livery.

The most obvious change that can be seen on the GP15 is the re-routing of the exhaust, with the undertail pipes collecting on the right-hand side of the machine, rather than coming in from both sides and meeting in the middle.

Also, the 90 degree V4 engine has been rocked backwards, giving more room to the front tire, and thus a more compact stature inside the frame.

The bodywork is obviously different, and the Ducati Desmosedici GP15 is physically slimmer, with a much smaller tail section. The twin-spar aluminum chassis remains, though it is of a completely new design. Easy to see as well are the carbon fiber subframes fore and aft.

Can you spot any other changes in the high-resolution photos after the jump? Let us know in the comments.

















Source: Ducati Corse

  • Thank you for sharing the pictures. I really enjoy that you post it in high resolution, this allows to appreciate many interesting details.. :-)

  • H.L.

    Looks like they took a long hard look at the Honda design. Similar lines and tail. Looks like they’re on the right track with pushing the engine back and adjusting the rake possibly.

    At this point, it’s really about podiums. We’ll see soon enough. Happy for Dovi though.

  • Craig

    Glad you finally got it all downloaded Jensen, was a nightmare. Will you include the specs and info from the documents in this or another post?

    I got such a bollocking for posting full res images last year but then that didn’t bother me in the slightest as I’m sure it does not you ;)

    ok, I’ll give it a go. Every panel is different, nothing shared with the previous bike. Airbox intake appears to be detachable which may hint at options for different tracks.

    rear carbon subframe is significantly different with a steeper incline raising the seat and rear.

    I’m assuming the box under the seat is fuel tank. if so it looks like they are using a larger fuel cell and may this season take advantage of the extra fuel allocation in the open regs. Contrary to many rumours Ducati never ran any more fuel last season because that would only give them more revs. The Desmosedici has never needed more revs.

    All the exhaust is now routed out of the right side. Spotted also that the water pump, which used to sit up between the heads, is now down on the right hand side ( opposite to Honda ) which hints at the rumoured changed to the engine internals. Whilst the engine remains a desmodromic L4 it is significantly more compact and narrow than the previous engine with the weight within the cases being switch about. It’s also rolled back further in the bike.

    The twin spar frame may look similar but there are a lot of changes in the angles of the bottom where the engine mounts, and the mounting points have changed.

    Swingarm is different. though not massively. It looks to be reduced in dimensions and probably weight.

    We won’t know much about the changes at the heart of the bike until someone spies one unclothed or spots an engine on a bench. I’ll give it a go but David will beat me to that I expect.

    I think overall Ducati have done what they had to. Made as much of a Honda clone as they could without losing the thing that makes it a Ducati, the Desmo powerplant. I’d put big money that Ducati will stop racing in GP before that alter that basic fundamental philosophy.

    I like it, and i know it’s quick. Dovi is pumped ready to go and Iannone could prove to be something very special if he can keep his ass out of the gravel this season. I don’t expect fireworks, I do expect a win or three. Roll on Sepang 2 testing #forzaducati

  • CB

    As far as Honda and without looking at older Ducati picks… right off, it appears the frame has a much steeper angle from the front to the back going downward… which the Honda seems to have too.
    As far as rotating the motor backwards…. seems like that would help in one way, but hurt in another, but it’s all about balance… right?
    We’ll see, but good on them!!!

  • Sean Smith

    Looks like they made the fairing stay into the intake, and kept it separate from the rest of the bodywork. There would be no weak/leaky rubber gasket joint, and bodywork could go on and off faster. To speculate wildly, they could even maybe use it as part of a larger resonant airbox to get more power. Maybe.

  • n/a

    Somehow, it looks more ugly than the last one

  • sburns2421

    One thing that is interesting is the lack of big sponsors on the bike, may have been that way since Rossi left, I cannot recall. Could years of being uncompetitive caused sponsors to pull back support or leave altogether?
    Also, I wonder what the bonus will be for Gigi and someone named Andrea if they manage to win a race this year.

  • LipstickonaPig

    Bike looks very boxy and snub nosed. The same way the Honda has started to look. Also too much white in this color scheme not enough red! And the tail section kinda looks like they ripped off the RCV213 styling. I could have penned a way better design for this bike. However I do like the new exhaust system!

  • Jack Meoph

    The sponsors are the people who buy apparel from Ducati’s on-line store. Yikes!

  • David P

    Are those exhaust tips just an advert promo for Akro? I don’t understand why there are cut-off pipes surrounded by a shroud. Plus, where is the grating at the exhaust tips to prevent gravel from getting down into the cylinders after a crash? I thought Ducati came up with that idea to prevent engine losses. Am I missing something?

  • Hard to make that call without seeing the bike up-close. The gravel-catching exhaust pipes are really a Termignoni thing, hence why HRC has them now.

  • chris

    i’d be surprised if termi made anything other than a sticker. honda’s factory exhausts are all the same, only the sticker changes. the guard appears to be preziosi’s idea… unless by “we” he means “they.” quickly adopted by every other team.

  • IT IS A V4 Now

    The Yamacati didn’t work. Lets hope this Duconda works.
    I wish they had gone back to trellis. Cos’ there are ways to solve the consistency problem
    like using machined lugs and joining the tubes with aerospace adhesive.

    BTW anyone notice the exposed sensor cables on the swing arm?
    There should be no excuse for that. Everybody knows MM can cut it.

  • The issue wasn’t that the sensor cables were exposed, it was that Honda didn’t have a backup sensor. Ducati uses two sensors.

  • Worrywort

    Ducati uses two sensors but, their cables are routed on the same path.
    Not a good redundant design as they could both fail with a common cause.
    A contact from Marquez can snap both of them.
    Yeah it’s highly unlikely but, so was the Pedrosa incident.
    I’d say it wouldn’t hurt to cover the cables. Why not be double sure?

    In my understanding, Honda’s problems was with failure detection.
    It was implemented but, failed to work in time. I’m sure they’ve fixed it.

  • Craig

    The title sponsor at Ducati is and always has been Phillip Morris international. Since the advent of much of the world banning the advertising of tobacco products in motorsport then this is how the bike has looked at Ducati. The red and white choice on the bikes never had anything to do with company colours but more to do with the colours on a packet of Marlboro.

    I’m sure you can recall livery that said Marlboro without actually having any words to that affect. The GP6 is the last bike to carry the Marlboro words and then only at a few select rounds where allowed. You may recall the GP7 with the bar code paint job? That would actually read Marlboro if you scanned it.

    So the large patch of red and white on the main panels is the title sponsor space, They don’t want anything else in that space so the DUCATI logo is put there.

    As for other sponsors there are plenty. Telecoms giant TIM are the biggest of the official sponsors along with Shell and power supply specialists Riello UPS. There are many sponsors, their representatives can be seen in the attached photo.

    What you are not seing on the bike are the number of sponsors who will come and go for different rounds. I’m sure you know that sponsorship is sold in partitions on the bike. The more you invest, the more prominent positions you can have and also fill with larger branding. Many sponsors are local and don’t feel the need to feature all year, so you will get American branding on the bellypan for those rounds but nowhere else or Malaysian companies won’t feel the need to pay for the European rounds etc. The final livery on race day will alter slightly dependent upon the locale.

    Sorry for the long lecture, just wanted to assure you that Ducati is not short of sponsorship and does better than Yamaha who have only recently been rescued by Movistar after struggling once they lost Fiat.

  • Craig

    ran out of space jabbering. Here is your sponsors list:

    2015 Ducati Team Sponsors

    Title Sponsor

    Philip Morris International : Leading international tobacco company

    Official Sponsors

    Telecom Italia : Telecommunication and internet

    Shell : Fuel and lubricant
    Riello UPS : Power supply and protection systems
    Diadora : Sports footwear and apparel

    Akrapovic : Exhaust systems
    Unibat : Batteries

    Official Partners

    Bosch : Professional power tools
    EMC2 : Leader in Cloud, Big Data and IT Trust
    Guabello : High quality fabric
    Lampo : Zippers
    Trenkwalder : Human resources solutions
    Tudor : Watches

    Technical Partners

    Bridgestone : Tyres
    Cobo : Dashboards
    D.I.D : Chains
    Magneti Marelli : Data acquisition systems
    Mahle : Pistons
    NGK : Spark plugs
    OMP : Hydraulic pumps
    Power Kams : Cams
    Reflex&Allen : Carbon fibre elements
    Siemens : Engineering design software
    SKF : Rolling bearings
    Termorace : Tyre warmers
    Usag : Tools
    Var Group :Projects and IT solutions
    ZF : Transport sector components

  • Mark
  • Jack Meoph

    So smoking cigarettes is still HUGE in Asia. Does Phillip Morris get to advertise their sponsorship of Ducati say with billboards, print and media ads, etc around the time a GP is in that part of the world? Do they have marketing tie ins with the Ducati name that go year round there? The scan bar on the bike reading Marlboro was a cool factoid BTW.

  • Craig

    It would probably require a huge lecture to even get through the main points when going into the murky world of tobacco advertising and I don’t want to bore you. So the easy solution is to say tobacco advertising is pretty much banned all over the world, especially relating to actual display of packaging.

    Malaysia still offers some forms of advertising and brands also find loopholes such as there is a Benson & Hedges Bistro and all the main companies have clothing lines out there.
    The problem with advertising at racetracks is that even if there were local law allowing billboards to display such advertising the TV coverage is global and so other laws come in to force.
    The short story is no, there is no value any longer for tobacco advertising in motorsports which is why I expect PMI to give up at some point sooner than later.

    Having said that there is some value for PMI in that the people they are lobbying or the people they are trying to attract for new business can be easily swayed with some jetting around the world and having VIP hospitality at a motogp race track I have had that experience, let me tell you, it’s special. So there is that, but i don’t see it being enough in years to come as the revenues from smoking dwindle.

    I gave up smoking about 5 years ago ( for the second and hopefully final time ) and was shocked the other day to spot the price of my brand. just shy of £10 ($15)for a pack of 20 ( that’s also what we are paying for a gallon of gas so count your blessings ). the point of that statement is health aside who can afford a pack a day at that price? So tobacco revenues dwindle, PMI are the last sponsor to hold out in the sport world and Ducati could never have done it with out them They genuinely funded the GP program from the start. But it can’t go on.

    The loss of tobacco advertising is specifically what led to the rise in energy drink advertising with red Bull, Monster and the like. They are keeping racing afloat at all levels currently. There is concern that as more health issues are raised over these drinks the advertising laws could be going the same way as tobacco. that would be a very bad thing for racing because there is little money anywhere else.

    OK another factoid. Valentino Rossi never worked for Ducati Corse. His contract was with PMI. That was the main reason for him not walking out after his first season as he wanted. PMI’s lawyer’s are renowned as some of the best in the world and when they write a contract it’s watertight.

  • Pietro

    I would love to see a side by side comparison of the GP15 and the GP14.X. Hopefully David or Emmet can do it and point out the physical differences and how they relate to performance.

  • Jack Meoph

    Thanks for the response. That’s all very interesting. The Rossi factoid is enlightening. Those energy drinks ARE bad for you. So if the sponsorship $$$ from those guys go, motorsports as we know it will be gone as well? I wonder if that will force racing into a sort of IROC situation?

  • Westward

    Noticed Iannone has a Pramac patch on his leathers and Dovizioso does not. I get that they have different helmet sponsors, but whats with the Pramac sponsorship of one and not the other?

    @ Mark

    I think they are out the guys fit bum. ow if that pic included Gigi Dall’Igna in it than, I would agree with the speculation that they spied the RC213V. Besides I think the only thing they where trying to spot was the tilt of their 90V.

  • XL2C

    The bike does look better, but it still appears to be a bit off-kilter. I’m sure I’ll get used to it, but it probably rides better than it looks. As long as the understeer is eliminated, who cares. We know it’s going to be fast.

    Anyway, looking forward to Sepang 2. (Shout-out to Trane. Long time no see.) Also, see new name. Still me, though.


  • Michael

    Congratulations Ducati; you have now created a Honda GP bike without the performance but just as ugly as the RCV.

  • rowdy

    For GP14pics, you could google with the following search string: Ducati GP14 launch -GP15
    The performance comparison will have to wait till Sepang 2. GP14.3 and 15 will both be there.