The MotoGP racing season is almost upon us, as the next few weeks will serve as launching points for their championship bids for this year. First up is Ducati, debuting its 2019 team at the Phillip Morris R&D Cube in Neuchatel, Switzerland.
Of course, the star of the show is Ducati’s MotoGP race bike for the 2019 season, the Ducati Desmosedici GP19.
Sporting a very red livery, the design harken backs to the liveries of yore for the Italian brand, complete with a barcode-esque logo on the side, which slings the team title of “Ducati Winnow”.
As usual, Ducati is pretty mum when it comes to actual details about its two-wheeled offering, and merely quotes a peak power figure of “over 250hp” for the 1,000cc desmodromic V4 engine.
Paddock estimates though peg that figure closer to 280hp, with some even suggesting that Ducati has managed to eek 300hp from the one-liter engine.
Whatever the case maybe, the Ducati Desmosedici GP18 was considered the most powerful GP bike on the grid last year, and there is little to doubt that the GP19 continues that trend.
Below we have a no-pixel-spared gallery of the new Ducati MotoGP bike and livery. That bike in question appears to be a GP18, not a GP19, which is expected to make its proper debut at the preseason Qatar test. Enjoy!
Ducati Desmosedici GP19 Technical Specifications
Engine: Liquid-cooled, 90° V4, four-stroke, evo desmodromic DOHC, four valves per cylinder
Maximum power: Over 250hp
Maximum speed: Over 350 km/h (218 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: Akrapovič
Final Drive: D.I.D Chain
Frame: Aluminium alloy evo 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 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