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BSN: ‘Ducati denies switch to Open bikes’

Ducati has rebuffed speculation that it could be running its Ducati Team bikes under Open regulations from the start of the 2014 MotoGP™ season.

Such a move would allow the Italian outfit to benefit from a maximum 24 litres of fuel across a race distance (as opposed to 20 for machines running under Factory regulations), as well as avoiding the new engine freeze and being able to run up to 12 powerplants per rider per season, as opposed to five.

“Ducati thinks that it is important to explore the potential of the new Open regulations, also because this should be the future technical direction of the MotoGP™ Championship, and for this reason has decided this year to enter one GP13 bike with Yonny Hernandez for Pramac Racing Team under these rules,” Ducati spokesman Julian Thomas explains to Bike Sport News.

“Currently there are no further plans regarding the Open option and all the other Ducati GP riders will conduct back-to-back tests comparing the GP13 and GP14 Factory bikes in the first Sepang test from the 4th to the 6th of February.”

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