The Ducati Desmosedici GP11, with riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden aboard, will attempt to once again defy all odds (as with Casey Stoner in 2007, his first year with Ducati) and capture a number of the 2011 MotoGP world titles.
Although Ducati will enter just two Factory Ducati Corse motorcycles, four other MotoGP privateers will field GP11 machines with technical specifications that are typically the same that Rossi and Hayden will be running on their race bikes.
With a total of six Ducati GP11 motorcycles on the MotoGP grid for 2011, only Honda can match that sheer number. Yamaha, the defending triple crown champions across the board, takes a more focused approach supporting just two factory bikes and two Tech3 satellite machines.
Ducati recently released the GP11 tech specs for their 2011 MotoGP entry. Although these number are insightful, it is the masterful feedback that only a rider like Valentino Rossi can provide the engineers throughout the year that should continually improve the lap times.
Data acquisition and computer calculations certainly play a role in this process, but at the end of the day it is a MotoGP racer’s seat-of-the-pants feel that inspires the confidence to win; and that is where this old hen, VR46, has proven a difference between great specs and true greatness.
Ducati Desmosedici GP11 Technical Specifications | MotoGP 2011
Engine: liquid-cooled, 90 degree V4 four-stroke, desmodromic DOHC, four valves per cylinder.
Maximum power: more than 200 hp
Maximum speed: in excess of 310 kph / 192 mph (Although speeds in excess of 200 mph are common)
Transmission: Six-speed cassette-type gearbox, with alternative gear ratios available. Dry multiplate slipper clutch. Chain final drive.
Carburation: Indirect Magneti Marelli electronic injection, four throttle bodies with injectors above butterfly valves. Throttles operated by EVO TCF (Throttle Control & Feedback) system.
Fuel: Shell Racing V-Power
Lubricant: Shell Advance Ultra 4
Ignition: Magneti Marelli
Final Drive: Regina Chain
Suspension: Ohlins upside-down 48 mm front forks and Ohlins rear shock absorber, adjustable for preload, compression and rebound damping.
Tires: Bridgestone 16.5" front and rear
Brakes: Brembo, two 320 mm carbon front discs with four-piston calipers. Single stainless steel rear disc with two-piston calipers.
Dry weight: 150 kg (330 lbs.)