Ducati is looking for even more power

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, engine development was completely frozen. MotoGP teams are allowed to use completely new engine specifications for the first time since the beginning of 2020. The factories have been working on the engines for two years. New performance improvements are to be expected.

“We’ve done a lot,” confirms Ducati Motorsport Director Gigi Dall’Igna on ‘Sky Italia’. “It’s a completely new engine. We wanted to find more horsepower. That’s always our philosophy. At the same time, we wanted to keep the drivability of the old engine.”

“From this point of view we have reached a very good level. Everyone has done a good job. Now we are excited about circuits where the engine counts.” And that’s the Sepang circuit in Malaysia this week with the two long straights.

Michele Pirro is already in action during the shakedown test. Francesco Bagnaia, Jack Miller, Johann Zarco, Jorge Martin and Luca Marini will then test the new GP22 on Saturday and Sunday. The remaining Ducati riders use the 2021 model.

“Our drivers were already very satisfied with it”

The new Desmosedici also differs visually from its predecessor. The motorcycle has become a little more compact. There is a new exhaust from Akrapovic. And the aerodynamics have also been changed in essential details.

“We already tried new aerodynamics at the Jerez test, which we will also see in Sepang,” says Dall’Igna. “We continued to work on it. Our drivers were already very satisfied with it. I’m curious what their statements will be now.”

After the Jerez test in November, runner-up Bagnaia said that Ducati had improved what was already a “perfect bike”. At that time, the Italian was particularly impressed by the race pace and the consistency with used tyres.

Ducati has now won the Makes World Championship twice in a row. Last year they also prevailed in the team ranking. The driver’s world championship title is missing. The Italians have been chasing this title since 2007.

“The drivers’ championship is always our goal,” says Dall’Igna. “We’ve had that in our heads for a while now. We have to try everything again to bring the world title home.” With four teams and eight riders, Ducati is broader than the competition.


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