Words by Vishnu G Haarinath
Ducati Corse has unveiled the Desmosedici GP bikes for the 2017 season of MotoGP at the Ducati headquarters in Bologna, Italy.
Jorge Lorenzo has made a jump from Movistar Yamaha to Ducati Corse after completing nine successful seasons, with three world titles and three runners up titles under his belt, partnering with the Japanese team. Teaming up with Andrea Dovizioso who marks his fifth year as the factory Ducati team rider, it will be a great opportunity for Lorenzo. Luigi Dall’Igna, Ducati Corse manager is confident about the three time Moto GP champion tagging along with Dovizioso to end their 10 year championship draught at the Italian outfit.
Chronological analysis of performances post the Valencia testing proved some mettle for the riders as both completed in third place in different sessions. Michele Pirro the official test rider and the reserve rider for the Ducati Team MotoGP feels the factory’s interest in optimization has come out well over the 2017 machine as they are about test the Ducati Desmosedici GP in Sepang, with the developments over the feedbacks given by the riders after the Valencia test. Paolo Ciabatti, the Sporting Director for Ducati Corse says “Caesy Stoner’s return with the Ducati Team MotoGP has helped the team to develop the bike in every possible way and he will be back on track aboard the Ducati during the Sepang testing”. This is surely exciting news for Stoner’s fans, for those who were missing the 2007 Ducati world champions’ action on track.
For the 2017 Desmosedici GP, there are facial changes with the aerodynamic winglets being removed, as it has been banned by the MotoGP’s Grand Prix commission. The winglet helps in generating a down force, so it resists the bike from wheelie under acceleration so as to get more engine output. The bike does a top speed of 350kmph which is higher by 10 km than the previous year’s Desmosedici GP. The 1-litre liquid-cooled, 90° V4, evo desmodromic DOHC, which pumps out 250bhp, the engine makes 5 horses extra as compared to the previous year’s bike.
With 2017 Desmosedici GP topping the maximum speed charts and Lorenzo racing for Ducati Corse, which is being managed by Stoner, the expectations from the Italian team are high in 2017.