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Desmosedici GP8 engine differences explained by Preziosi

Desmosedici GP8 engine differences explained by Preziosi

Ducati Marlboro´s 2008 lineup are running very different specifications to their Desmosedici GP8 engines this season.

The Ducati Desmosedici GP8 machines of Casey Stoner and Marco Melandri may appear to be identical bikes from the outside, but subtle adjustments made to the engine specification have turned the 2008 machine into a different beast for both riders.

Filippo Preziosi, the driving force behind the Desmosedici´s various incarnations, explained the riders´ needs and the changes made at the scene of Ducati´s home Grand Prix, this weekend´s visit to Mugello.

`We are using two different engine specifications for the two riders. We have a package that can be flexible depending on what the riders need, so we tested different configuration after races and, depending on what they want in terms of power delivery and so on, we arrange a different package,´ revealed Preziosi, who also explained just how much the Desmosedici GP8 has been adapted since its initial testing run.

`For both riders, the configuration is different to that of 2007, winter testing and the first race,´he explained.

`We developed this to try and cope with Marco Melandri´s riding style, more centred in medium and low revolution torque. Casey asked for a quick response when picking up the bike and full throttle power.´

MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE, Ducati Marlboro Team

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