Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP Race
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the Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP motorcycle!
Ducati gives the go-ahead for the MotoGP
replica bike. The announcement was made at WDW2004 in front
of thousands of Ducati fans.
Misano Adriatico (RN) 22 May 2004 – In the
magical atmosphere of the WDW (World Ducati Week, the giant
bi-annual meeting of Ducati fans from around the world), as
a fitting culmination of a week of events, sport,
entertainment and, above all, motorcycles, an announcement
that we have all been waiting for: Ducati has launched the
Desmosedici Racing Replica development project! The
“red Borgo Panigale”, the Italian MotoGP bike which has
fascinated fans from around the world, will soon be
The announcement gives the official
go-ahead for the project, which will make the motorcycle
available within two years. This is naturally a
limited edition, as is right for a product conceived as the
first true MotoGP replica.
The new frontier of Ducati's technological evolution, embodies all the
fundamental features of the motorcycle competing in the
MotoGP World Championship, ridden by Troy Bayliss and Loris
The Desmosedici RR is another confirmation
of Ducati's vision, as well as the company's ability to
transfer their experience of the world of racing to a bike
intended for the road.
Federico Minoli (President and Managing
Director, Ducati Motor Holding) called Gianluigi Mengoli
(Technical Director, DMH) and Claudio Domenicali (Managing
Director, Ducati Race Division) to the stage to represent
the two technological centers of the company.
they are the driving forces behind this exceptional project.
Together with Troy Bayliss and Loris Capirossi the
Desmosedici RR engine was presented to the public for the
very first time, as the heart of this jewel in the crown of
Ducati technology, which was received with unbridled
enthusiasm by the public.
important occasion, a historical announcement, yet another
dream come true. The Desmosedici RR is the maximum
that Ducati technology has to offer, in line with the
tradition embodied by every motorcycle we produce: from race
to road bikes", Federico Minoli said from the stage.
"We are pleased to face such a challenge
which, even if only in a limited number of bikes, will be
the dream of all Ducati fans. An exclusive motorcycle
which stands for the passion and ingenuity which are the
heart of our company's identity.
Naturally the two cylinder engine is, and
will always be, the Ducati engine par excellence, destined
to be the hallmark of all our products, our past and our
future. Today we are launching an ambitious, important
project: it will be two years before the Desmosedici RR will
be available, but we wanted to celebrate this historic
occasion with all of you. We look forward then to WDW
2006, where we will deliver the very first Desmosedici RR,
right here, on this very stage, at another great Ducati
festival, an event we can all share and enjoy together.”
The engine of the Desmosedici RR will
feature Ducati's traditional desmodromic timing ensures
rigorous valve lift parameters up to the highest engine
speeds, and is the perfect match for the modern architecture
of the four cylinders in L-layout, resulting in a
masterpiece of precision mechanics; with 989 cc total
displacement and four valves per cylinder, the Desmosedici
RR engine will certainly be a new benchmark for the
international motorcycle industry.
The technology used
is at the cutting edge of modern production, a methodology
which up to the present time was only available for race
bikes. The cam shafts (two per cylinder bank) are driven by
gears: a sophisticated, reliable solution which ensures
maximally precise timing in all conditions. The
fidelity of the replica does not finish here: the dimensions
are exactly the same as those of the MotoGP, as is the
six-speed gearbox, which maintains its racing design and can
be removed as a single unit.
The lightweight and durability targets
have led not only to optimization of the design of the
components, but also to the use of the most prestigious and
exclusive materials: sand-cast aluminum alloy crankcase and
cylinder heads, titanium con-rods and valves, plus magnesium
The engine is the heart of this fantastic
motorcycle, but the chassis components are of no less high
quality and incorporate the most advanced solutions, with
the characteristic steel tubing trellis frame and the most
refined componentry, all covered with an exceptional carbon
fiber fairing whose aerodynamics were designed by Alan
Jenkins, who was also responsible for the design of the
Desmosedici MotoGP. The replica bike's final shapes
has not yet been decided, but it only natural to assume that
it will follow the lines, and technical and aerodynamic
solutions of the racing version.
The production of this jewel of a bike
will be equally exclusive: Ducati intends to limit
production to no more than one bike per day, assembled with
the fanatical attention to detail and extraordinary skills
of the race division. The project schedule has been
defined and the first bikes will be available from Spring
The Ducati Desmosedici RR will have a sale
price of around 50,000 Euro. Owners of the 999R will
have priority in reserving the new bike. More
information will be available on the
official Ducati website
starting next July 1, 2004.