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Preziosi explains Desmosedici GP8 development philosophy

Preziosi explains Desmosedici GP8 development philosophy

After the updated Ducati 800cc prototype for the 2008 season made its debut on Tuesday at Jerez the man responsible for the evolution of the new machine, Filippo Preziosi, told motogp.com how he had gone about improving an already successful model for the forthcoming campaign.

After the updated Ducati 800cc prototype for the 2008 season made its debut on Tuesday at Jerez the man responsible for the evolution of the new machine, Filippo Preziosi, told motogp.com how he had gone about improving an already successful model for the forthcoming campaign.

The Ducati Corse Technical Director produced a World Championship winning bike for Casey Stoner and Ducati Marlboro with the awesome Desmosedici GP7 this season, so his task with the GP8 was to stay ahead of the pack of Japanese firms chasing hard behind the Italian factory.

Having seen Stoner top the timesheets on day one of the final test of the year in southern Spain on his new bike, which from the outside looks pretty similar to the GP7, Preziosi commented: "To develop this new bike, our approach was to have the riders look at the strong and weak points of the old bike, so we could precisely identify the areas in which to focus our efforts."

"Compared to other manufacturers, we don't have the resources to make a brand new bike every year, but we had a great base to start from and we refined it in various aspects - engine, chassis, electronics. Our group of engineers started from a very solid base."

When asked whether he was worried or in satisfied to note the efforts being made elsewhere in the paddock to match the Desmosedici GP8, Preziosi stated: "Honestly I'm both proud and concerned when we see the effort our rivals put in, developing their new machines."

"We understand that Honda is trying to get higher revs - a strong point of the Desmosedici, and at Yamaha, their fairing looks a bit similar to the Ducati. So yes, we're proud to see all the Japanese manufacturers working hard, as they have far greater resources, but we know that if they meet their objectives, they will be very dangerous rivals."

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MotoGP, 2007

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