• Jan 15, 2010
Ducati GP10 MotoGP motorcycle – Click above for high-res image gallery

While the big switch back to a full liter of displacement for MotoGP racing motorcycles won't go into effect until the 2012 racing season, there are still major performance gains to be had with the current 800cc powerplants. Evidence of such can be seen in the new Ducati Desmosedici GP10 racer, which was just unveiled at an exclusive event in the Italian Dolomite mountains.

The biggest change to the bike's outward appearance is its new tail-mounted exhaust location, which does a lot to clean up the side view of the bike and looks absolutely amazing in execution. It's under the carbon fiber skin, though, where the most important changes take place, starting with a heavily revised cooling system designed to allow each engine to last longer – a nod to new rules stipulating that each team can only use six engines per rider for the entire season.

Besides the expected updates to the pistons, rods and crankshaft, the major news is that Ducati has switched back to a so-called big-bang firing order for its V4 engine, which the manufacturer claims will make the powerful bike easier to ride with improved grip and traction. In addition, the rear half of the bike was made stiffer in an effort to keep the machine from squatting under hard acceleration. Check out our high-res gallery of images below and be sure to click past the break to see the live unveiling captured on video.



[Source: Asphalt & Rubber]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      What's up with the "barcode" thing at the side ? Is that a design element ?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Its funny, the barcode works so well that i don't even notice that it doesn't say Marlboro.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wait... where is the exhaust? I see the pipe out back but the the pipe in front of the rear tire looks more like the exhaust, Ducatti seems to agree in pic #10. The design of the exhaust at the bottom is generally preferred. Lowers the center of gravity, requires less pipe, keeps the heat away from the rider and with such a neat packaging job you don't lose and lean angle.
        hex311k
        • 5 Years Ago
        theres ocationally two exit pipes because they try to create equal length pipes and since they use v4s the front most cylinders exaust doesnt have to travel as far to equal the rear pipe so it ends at the lowers, if that makes any sense,

        Honda motogp bikes are also like that
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was wondering the same thing. Maybe it's some sort of two-stage exhaust. Perhaps the shorter pipe down low is open at lower revs with the upper, longer pipe opening at higher revs. Could just be a split system with the front bank of cylinders exiting through the low pipe and the rear through the upper.

        BTW, for all you Buell haters who think they're low-tech and anything but innovative, that underslung silencer design was a Buell innovation.
      invisiblepigeon3
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love Ducati's. Each elelmet of the bike is a work of art in itself and the attention to detail is amazing. If every car was built with such attention to detail, we'd all be driving red F430 Scuderia's.
      hex311k
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cant beat that with a baseball bat
        • 5 Years Ago
        @hex311k
        A Yamaha and Valentino Rossi.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @hex311k
        But you can with a Yamaha.
      • 5 Years Ago
      hex311 has it correct - the exhaust from the rear bank runs pretty much under the fake tank (airbox), around the shock, and under the seat. The front bank runs more in the conventional manner and exits out the side of the fairing, thus creating equal length pipes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sex on two wheels.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Ducati Desmosedici always had two exhaust exits. It always had one in the tail and the other in the belly pan.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder what the power will be with the new engine rule? I had read the 800cc bikes were making about 240 to 250 HP last year. This Ducati is georgeous, hopefully Ben Spies will give people a chance to admire the Yamaha tail section design this year!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think I can scan the side.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope Nicky can finally get some wins on it before he gets booted. Sweet machine!
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