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New engine braking system for Ducati

New engine braking system for Ducati

New engine braking system for Ducati

Ducati Marlboro Team riders Loris Capirossi and Carlos Checa tried the factory's new engine-braking system for the first time at Catalunya on Saturday. Both men reckoned the new system, which has been extensively tested by test rider Vitto Guareschi, to be very promising.

However, their progress was interrupted by two unrelated tumbles - Capirossi suffering a highside crash on the exit of turn three, Checa slipping off as he rode through the first chicane. Both riders will be able to continue testing today, the last day of this three-day teams test session.

"The crashes were a shame because they interrupted our work and prevented us from completing today's tyre testing programme with Bridgestone," explained Ducati Marlboro Team Technical Director Corrado Cecchinelli.

"On the other hand we are happy that both Loris and Carlos were able to test the new engine-braking system for the first time. Vitto has done a lot of debugging and set-up work with the system and both our Factory riders reckon it's already good and neither of them had any problems with it. We may continue testing it at Jerez next week, because tomorrow we want to focus on testing tyre."

"I think the system is a very promising new development, though it's too early to say when we will race with it," he stressed. "All I can say about the system at this stage is that it's special software that manages both engine and clutch for improved stability during braking, whereas last year we used an idle-control system. Some people seem to think we are using a semi-automatic gearbox here but we have no such thing. We tested a semi-automatic gearbox on a Superbike some years ago but we've never tried one on our MotoGP bike."

MotoGP, 2005

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