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Ducati unveil the GP06

Ducati unveil the GP06

Ducati unveil the GP06

Claudio Domenicali was one of the focal points at the presentation of the Ducati GP6, which took place today in Madonna di Campiglio. The Managing Director of the Ducati Enterprise revealed the secrets and improvements made to the newest version of the Desmocedici in relation to its predecessors, and showed his optimism for and excitement about the new season.

"The Desmosedici GP6 represents an evolution of the GP5; apparently it doesn't present any marked differences with its predecessor, but it is in fact an important step forward. The bike is lighter but we have done a lot of work on its stiffness (with the frame, rims and front forks), especially at the rear of the bike. The composite structure that we call the seat support has been totally redesigned and stiffness has been increased by more than 80%. The bike's ergonomics have undergone a notable evolution with the fuel tank modified in line with requests from the riders"

"We have also focussed on the bike's 'driveability', and in this area we have made available a whole new range of instruments and technologies that will allow the race engineers to package the power behaviour and delivery of the engine according to the requests of the riders and the conditions of the track. We have also worked on engine power, modifying the internal fluid dynamics and as a result we have a different thermodynamic layout. We have attempted to increase power as well as reduce fuel consumption, an area to which we have dedicated a lot of attention, by working maniacally on engine friction. One point of which we are particularly proud is the reliability of the bike; in 2005 we took part in 17 races with two riders, without ever having a problem, and we have also maintained this line for the next season." he added.

Paying tribute to the combined effort involved in the GP6´s development, Domenicali stated:

"The evolution of the bike has obviously involved our partner, Bridgestone. Even though we know that we still have some work to do on certain kinds of track, we also know that we are on the right road and the results of the last few races of last season confirmed this improvement; our aim now is to be competitive at every circuit." The Ducati managing director showed his pride for the lineup assembled, which will add newcomer to the team Sete Gibernau with another veteran, Loris Capirossi.

"The 2006 team is a very strong one on the rider front. Loris is a confirmation for us and as soon as the bike-tyre package allows, he makes no mistakes and brings home great results. A warm welcome for Sete Gibernau, whose joining us is a clear demonstration of the importance that is given in our team to the role of the riders: Sete is a great rider and he and Loris together make up a great team."

MotoGP, 2005

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