New to motogp.com?Register here

Tickets purchase
VideoPass purchase

Ducati unveil MotoGP machine at Mugello

Ducati unveil MotoGP machine at Mugello

Ducati unveil MotoGP machine at Mugello

Legendary Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati today unveiled the machine they intend to compete with in the 2003 MotoGP World Championship.

The Desmosedici was launched at a specially arranged press conference prior to this weekend´s Gran Premio Cinzano d´Italia, and there was enormous interest as members of the media as well as other riders and teams packed into the room to catch a first glimpse of the new 989cc machine, so called because of the Desmodromic timing used on the gear train, and the sixteen valves included the four-cylinder L-shaped engine.

Ducati officials were on hand to present the bike to the expectant crowd, with CEO of Ducati Corse, Claudio Domenicali revealing the effort the manufacturer had put in to the project since it was announced at Jerez last year that they would enter the MotoGP series. `The Desmosedici project is clearly the largest commitment ever faced by Ducati in motorcycle racing. Our aim was to build a prototype capable of taking on the opposition at its own level, by exploiting our know-how to the full, and by being able to give outlet to new ideas´.

Domenicali revealed that Ducati Corse has put aside a budget of 30 million Euros for the 2003 season, demonstrating their desire to reach the top of the MotoGP ladder. `We believe we have built a competitive motorcycle,´ continued Domenicali. `We are however ready to carry out all the modifications that may prove to be necessary during the track tests which will get underway soon.´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2002, Gran Premio Cinzano d'Italia

Other updates you may be interested in ›