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Domenicali explains Desmosedici GP8 features

Domenicali explains Desmosedici GP8 features

Claudio Domenicali, Ducati Corse CEO and Ducati Motor Holding Product Director, took the opportunity to explain the technical details of the new Desmosedici GP8 to journalists gathered at the Ducati Wrooom event in Madonna di Campiglio on Wednesday.

Claudio Domenicali, Ducati Corse CEO and Ducati Motor Holding Product Director, took the opportunity to explain the technical details of the new Desmosedici GP8 to journalists gathered at the Ducati Wrooom event in Madonna di Campiglio on Wednesday.

With more than 200 media representatives in attendance at the Italian ski resort there was plenty of interest in Domenicali's comments, as he talked through the new features of the bike he hopes will bring Ducati more glory - following Casey Stoner's 2007 World title win and the post-season arrival of the team's new rider Marco Melandri.

"Our 2008 bike is an evolution of the 2007 model," stated Domenicali. "How could we have done otherwise? There was so very little wrong with that bike. In terms of chassis set-up, the new frame is lighter with optimised torsional and flexural rigidity to solve the rather minimal chattering that we experienced on a few occasions last year. The rear suspension geometry is also different to reduce the 'pumping' effect observed at certain tracks and in special conditions."

"As for the engine, we worked on two areas," continued the Ducati boss. "First of all, performance. We introduced a number of modifications to minimise friction and obtain a small power increase without affecting fuel consumption. Secondly, we worked on ‘rideability', in other words, engine response proportional to the rider's torque requirements. We tackled this aspect to obtain a 'fuller' engine response, especially mid-range, and maintain peak power for longer."

"Finally, with regards to electronics, we modified a few sensors and actuator details to increase reliability and consequently, safety. One of the main reasons of our presence in racing is to develop technology to be transferred to production bikes, improving safety and making them even more fun to ride. Electronics play an important role in all this."

"An example of this is our new 1098 R, which is equipped with exactly the same traction control system used in Ducati racing bikes, making it the first bike in the world to feature a system able to combine safety with high performance."

Domenicali also briefly analysed last year's World Championship winning season for Ducati, commenting: "The very special feeling created in 2007 between our rider and our bike and tyres resulted in a fantastic season for all of us. I could sum it up by saying that Casey was able to perfectly interpret our GP7, which had been impeccably built and maintained high levels of competitiveness and excellent reliability throughout the season."

"The Bridgestone tyres also took a step forwards in terms of performance consistency, thanks to our successful joint efforts which had begun in 2005 and allowed us to basically close the gap with Michelin."

Domenicali concluded his press conference with a special mention for Ducati Marlboro's sponsors, saying: "We would like to thank Phillip Morris who made it possible to reach these goals. Without them, all this would have been very hard to achieve. Our contract with them runs until 2011, which gives us the peace of mind needed to continue our work. Just today, we've renewed our contract with Shell, a technological partner extremely important to us, given the decisive role played by fuel consumption in our championship regulations."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, Ducati Marlboro Team

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