Ducati coy on 2014 MotoGP open class switch

Ducati has refused to be drawn on speculation that it could radically change its strategy and run in MotoGP's new Open class from 2014

Ducati coy on 2014 MotoGP open class switch

New general manager Luigi Dall'Igna indicated last month that the team's future could lie in the 'Open' regulations, saying that Ducati needed to start work "immediately".

Open class entries have to run spec ECUs and software, but in return can use an extra four litres of fuel and softer Bridgestone compounds.

They can also develop engines throughout the year, and are permitted to run 12 engines across the season.

Factory entries are only permitted to run five engines during 2014, when a new engine freeze means modifications during the season are not permitted.

Ducati is expected to make a final call on its 2014 strategy following the first major pre-season test of 2014 at Sepang, Malaysia, on 4-6 February.

Reports in Italy have suggested Ducati could conduct comparative tests between a factory spec bike and one run to Open class configurations.

Ducati, which will already run Pramac satellite man Yonny Hernandez in the secondary class, admitted it was evaluating the potential of the category but insisted nothing had been decided.

"Ducati thinks that it is important to explore the potential of the new 'Open' regulations, also because this should be the future technical direction of the MotoGP championship," the team said in a statement.

"For this reason has decided to enter one GP13 bike with Yonny Hernandez for Pramac Racing Team this year under these rules.

"Currently there are no further plans regarding the 'Open' option.

"All the other Ducati GP riders will conduct back-to-back tests comparing the GP13 and GP14 'Factory' bikes in the first Sepang test from the 4th to the 6th of February."

shares
comments
The top 10 MotoGP riders of 2013
Previous article

The top 10 MotoGP riders of 2013

How Quartararo is evoking an absent MotoGP great in 2022 Plus

How Quartararo is evoking an absent MotoGP great in 2022

OPINION: Fabio Quartararo has seized control of the 2022 MotoGP world standings after another dominant victory as his nearest rivals faltered. And he is very much heading towards a second championship echoing how the dominator of the last decade achieved much of his success

MotoGP
Jun 20, 2022
The human importance of Marquez’s latest enforced MotoGP absence Plus

The human importance of Marquez’s latest enforced MotoGP absence

OPINION: Marc Marquez will likely sit out the remainder of the 2022 MotoGP season to undergo a fourth major operation on the right arm he badly broke in 2020. It is hoped it will return him to his brilliant best after a tough start to the season without a podium to his name. But it’s the human victory that will far outweigh any future on-track success he may go on to have

MotoGP
May 31, 2022
Why Ducati holds all the power in its MotoGP rider dilemma Plus

Why Ducati holds all the power in its MotoGP rider dilemma

OPINION: The French Grand Prix looks to have made Ducati’s decision on its factory team line-up simpler, as Enea Bastianini stormed to his third win of the campaign and Jorge Martin crashed out for a fifth time in 2022. But, as Ducati suggests to Autosport, it remains in the strongest position in a wild rider market

MotoGP
May 16, 2022
The seismic aftershock left by Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP Plus

The seismic aftershock left by Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP

Suzuki's sudden decision to leave the MotoGP World Championship at the end of the season has acted as a stirring element in a market that had already erupted. Autosport analyses what this means for the grid going into 2023

MotoGP
May 11, 2022
How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP’s Spanish GP Plus

How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP’s Spanish GP

Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP bike has had a tough start to life and the expected early-season title charge from Francesco Bagnaia did not materialise. But the Spanish Grand Prix signalled a turning point for both the GP22 and Bagnaia, as the 2021 runner-up belatedly got his season underway after a straight fight with Fabio Quartararo

MotoGP
May 2, 2022
How Honda's praise for its 2022 MotoGP bike has turned into doubt Plus

How Honda's praise for its 2022 MotoGP bike has turned into doubt

In a little over two months, Honda has gone from setting the pace in MotoGP testing with its new RC213V prototype to being at a crossroads - caused by the discrepancy in its riders' feedback. After a Portuguese GP that underwhelmed, serious questions are now being asked of Honda in 2022

MotoGP
Apr 26, 2022
Why Quartararo's Portugal win wasn't only vital for his MotoGP title hopes Plus

Why Quartararo's Portugal win wasn't only vital for his MotoGP title hopes

Fabio Quartararo got his MotoGP title defence off the ground in the Portuguese Grand Prix as a dominant first win of 2022 rocketed him to the top of the standings. While a significant result in terms of his title hopes, it has come at an even more important time in terms of his 2023 contract negotiations

MotoGP
Apr 25, 2022
How a MotoGP legend is preparing for an unexpected comeback at Goodwood Plus

How a MotoGP legend is preparing for an unexpected comeback at Goodwood

Wayne Rainey, who’s paralysed from the chest down, will ride his 1992 500cc world championship-winning bike again at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed. The American motorcycle legend explains how he's preparing to thrill on his first visit to the famed hillclimb

MotoGP
Apr 19, 2022