Widely considered to be the fastest straight-line bikes in MotoGP, Ducati has focused its efforts this season on reducing weight, improving rideability, and finessing the handling.
Team Ducati’s Desmosedici GP06 features a lighter frame, rims, and front forks for improved agility, while redesigned elements include a seat support structure that is 80-percent stiffer than last year’s. Reduced engine friction promotes greater efficiency, and modified internal fluid dynamics provide an improved thermodynamic layout, resulting in increased power and reduced fuel consumption. Because enhancing driveability in racing can still result in a beast of a machine, systems were developed that enable the GP06’s power delivery to be tailored to rider preference and track conditions. Team riders Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau also appreciate the bike’s improved ergonomics, which further maximize its awesome performance potential. (Click image to enlarge)
Consistency is on Ducati’s side. Last year’s season involved 17 races, two riders, and a not a single reliability issue. Though 40-percent of the parts in Ducati’s 2006 MotoGP bike have been completely redesigned, the current Desmosedici GP06 is considered an evolution, not a revolution. If slow and steady improvements win the race for Ducati, viva la evolution.