Unveiling the 2012 Ducati Desmosedici GP12 online today, Ducati not only gave us our first glimpse at the Ducati Corse team livery, but the Italian race team also “disclosed” the technical specifications of its MotoGP race bike. Of course the details are rather plain and vague, as not to give too much away, but there are some interesting things to point out. Producing 230+ hp and weighing 157 kg (346 lbs) dry, the GP12 is no slouch on paper.

Retaining the same 90° piston configuration, the V4 desmodromic motor has clearly been rotated backwards, as was rumored. This change is evidenced by the singular and solid radiator grill at the front of the fairings, and would allow Ducati Corse to move the engine’s center of mass back and forth in the chassis to a greater degree. Speaking of chassis, the 90% new factory GP12 features an aluminum twin-spar frame, which was designed by Ducati Corse and rumored to have been built by FTR.

This Desmosedici GP12 “Phoenix” chassis design will be exclusive to the Ducati Corse factory team in MotoGP for several races, with satellite teams likely to get the updated chassis design about a third of the way into the season. This means that satellite Ducati riders, like Karel Abraham, will use the Desmosedici “GP0” design that debuted at the Valencia test after the conclusion of the 2011 season. It has certainly been a long road for Ducati in MotoGP this past season, and now we will see if all the hard work will pay off for the Italian company. Technical specifications and a couple videos are after the jump.

Ducati Desmosedici GP12 Technical Specifications:

Engine: Liquid-cooled, 90 degree V4 four-stroke, desmodromic DOHC, four valves per cylinder
Capacity: 1,000cc
Maximum power: More than 230hp
Maximum speed: In excess of 330 km/h (205 mph)
Transmission: Ducati Seamless Transmission (DST). Chain final drive
Carburation: Indirect Magneti Marelli electronic injection, four throttle bodies with injectors above butterfly valves
Throttles operated by EVO TCF (Throttle Control & Feedback) system
Fuel: Shell Racing V-Power
Lubricant: Shell Advance Ultra 4
Ignition: Magneti Marelli
Exhaust: Termignoni
Final Drive: D.I.D Chain
Frame: Aluminium
Suspension: Öhlins inverted 48mm fork and Öhlins shock absorber, adjustable for preload, compression and rebound damping
Tyres: Bridgestone 16.5″ front and rear
Brakes: Brembo, two 320mm carbon front discs with four-piston callipers. Single stainless steel rear disc with two-piston calliper
Dry weight: 157 kg (346 lbs.)

Studio Photos of the 2012 Ducati Desmosedici GP12:

Source: Ducati Corse

  • Giova

    It looks very nice, but it is going to be another long season for Ducati.

  • Smitch

    Here’s hoping the Phoenix can live up to its name. Initial reports aren’t encouraging…

  • Smitch

    Sad to see Nicky has made the move to the leathers-over-boots look. I don’t get it!

  • Minibull

    @Smith: He has been using Dainese for a while now. I’d say they do that for a cleaner profile, aerodynamics, and also so there arnt bits that could catch in a crash.

  • Beautiful livery this year. I’m looking forward to seeing how the bike develops over the year.

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  • Nate S

    Man, I regret the days studying in Italy seeing these all over the streets. What a great video to see what goes into such a beautiful bike.

  • Westward

    As a Ducatisti and a fan or Rossi, I certainly hope it all comes together, to add competitiveness to the series. However, I remember, in 2006, Capirossi nearly wins the title on a bike he developed, save for an accident that costs him two races. In 2007, Stoner wins the title on a bike born out of the previous season, but with a new engine class.

    Why not start with those two bikes as a starting platform to forge a run for the renew engine class?

    After all, there is success there to draw from. The trellis frame could not be as problematic as the carbon fibre frameless design of recent…

  • Hope they have a better season than last year and compete up front!! Would be nice to see Honda, Yami, Ducati all up front dicing it up…

  • abay

    its very nice…. I hope rossi and hayden can fight for the championship this season. Special for Rossi, keep your spirit, and show to the world that you still a King of moto gp…..

  • MikeD

    Good Luck…that is all i have for them and their newly born machine.


    Livery is much better and scream Italiano! The overall looks still remains slightly the same however is far improved IMO. All I can say is that it makes my eyes drool. I hope they are more competitive this year. I’m a little worried about the 230hp figure. I’m sure the screamers are pushing 250-260hp. Then again a big V-4 that fires like a twin, the horsepower is different and they may have the torque advantage off the line and in the slower corners while the RC213’s have the straights locked down. Especially at Qatar.

  • I wouldn’t read too much into the horsepower figure. There’s a reason it says 230+ hp, and not an actual number. All the teams play those figures close the chest, and don’t disclose actual values that you can make any sort of comparison from.