I hope they finally get it together. Ducati's never gone a generation without a World Championship and the Pani is heading out soon.
Me too. The new rule book is much more suited for manufacturers like Ducati, Aprilia and Honda with their homologation specials. The disadvantages Ducati had over the other brands in trap speed, should be slightly reduced in 2015 due to this new rules. It's Ducati's first year on the Panigale where they SHOULD be competitive.I hope they finally get it together. Ducati's never gone a generation without a World Championship and the Pani is heading out soon.
Ducti historically has a generation for approx. 5yrs before redoing. The Pani is in it's 4th year so within the next 2yrs I predict we'll see another iteration of the Ducati Superbike. Considering it's dismal start, They'll wanna do something!!You think the panigale Is on its way out? I feel like they are just getting settled in ready to do some work.
Yep and the only two years they were on equal fitting, were Ducati's two most expensive seasons of racing. I personally believe this is the reason they refuse to race on equal grounds. Ducati could easily do the same thing Aprilia did. All they'd need to do is make a $40k homologation special V4… they'd sell 'em before they shipped'em. So something else keeps them from making a competitive bike and it's not twin heritage… I think it's simply money.They just kept upping the CC's as the rules changed in their favour.
I don't think the 1299 is eligible to race due it's CC's being too much. The Pani that will be racing I believe is still only 1199cc's. No word on changing the rules to allow 1299cc's.guess I never looked at it like that before, but you are correct. I would assume atleast 3 years of use out of the 1299 if your theory is correct. That would make it 6 years of service though.
Yes, they bitch about the rules constantly. In fact, Honda pretty much owns the MotoGP rulebook. 4 strokes in MotoGP happened because of Honda… talk about a forced issue.Rules are rules. Do the Japanese manufacturers bitch about them?
Aprilia changed their timing system from chain to gear on the RSV4 race bike and everyone bitched, including the Japanese. It was a huge uproar about something that makes absolutely no difference.Ducati could make a 700cc V4 that revs to 20k - who'd be complaining then?
Because the only way to make power out of twin's is to rev the ever living shit out of them. Problem is, with the limitation on intake size, there is no extra power to be had by revving the engines. So their own choice to go 1200cc's, is the reason they're incapable of making power. If they produced a 999cc twin, they'd probably be able to make the same power as the restricted 1200, by simply raising the RPM's because they wouldn't have the same restriction. However, they'd loose that much needed reliability and the added bonus of torque the 999 wouldn't have.Why should they make a 4 cyl ? That's what GP is for.
They don't bitch at the moment, but I'm betting they would if the rules allowed V-twins up to 1300 cc. They bitched about it previously when they moved up to 1200 and Ducati won 2 championships and were in the top 3 in all the others with that bike. But then they imposed other rules, like air restriction and added weight to make up for that and so others wouldn't bitch as much.Rules are rules. Do the Japanese manufacturers bitch about them? BMW? Aprilia? Haven't heard much.
They are obviously fair to all concerned. They all have a say in their formation.
Ducati could make a 700cc V4 that revs to 20k - who'd be complaining then?
Why should they make a 4 cyl ? That's what GP is for.
Consider yourself Ducati's new, target customer!I don't really care how it performs