Ducati MotoGP Desmosedici
Ducati MotoGP Motorcycle
Back by popular demand! The original photos of
the Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP bike, now updated with the
2005 GP5 version!
Last year didn't evolve as planned for Ducati in
MotoGP, but they have lots of hope for the new season.
Loris Capirossi and Carlos Checa have been testing
the new Ducati GP5, most recently at the new track in
The March 2005 test was the final one of the Ducati
race team's winter schedule, and comes just a couple of
weeks before the first of two official 2005 MotoGP
championship tests scheduled for Barcelona on March
Development work on the Ducati Demosedici GP5 is
continuing non-stop and the Ducati Marlboro Team so far
likes what they've seen after three scheduled days of
testing at the new Losail circuit.
The circuit, which continues to offer little grip, is
made up of a series of linked curves and requires high
cornering speed: for this reason the Ducati Marlboro
Team engineers focused mainly on the front end set-up of
the bike. Numerous tests were carried out with
different suspension and front geometry settings.
Loris and Carlos also shared the work with the front
race tyres brought by Bridgestone, each rider trying out
several different types.
Loris Capirossi ended the first day of very windy
testing in Qatar with a best time of 1:58.92 in his
total of 45 laps (For comparison, the recent 2005 World
Superbike opening day race at the Losail circuit saw
Troy Corser set fastest lap with a 2:01:24). "I
have to admit that it wasn't bad for the first day of
testing" commented the Italian rider. "Today we
concentrated on different suspension set-ups, in
particular at the front of the bike. The track is
in virtually the same condition as it was during last
year's GP and I hope that it will improve in the next
couple of days".
Spanish rider Carlos Checa, who set pole position at
this circuit in 2004, ended the first day of testing
with a total of 65 laps to his name, the quickest being
1:59:14. "I lapped pretty close to the time I set
last year and as it was only the first day, I was quite
pleased with that" declared Carlos at the end of the
day. "Today we did a lot of work on the front
suspension and on my riding position. In the
afternoon the track had already improved from the
morning, and hopefully this trend will continue for the
next two days."
2005 Ducati GP5 MotoGP Race Bike
Loris Capirossi on the Ducati GP5
Carlos Checa on the
2005 Ducati GP5
Photo of the original Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP motorcycle, released in 2003.