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The device at the centre of MotoGP's 2020 technical war

Ducati stole a march on the field last year with its 'holeshot' device, but as the other manufacturers attempt to catch up, the Italian marque may already be moving the goalposts

MotoGP's six manufacturers have already started to draw their battle lines in the sand for 2020, with the first three-day test ahead of the new season done and dusted. We saw evolutions and revolutions of motorcycles, each team keen to keep their winter progress tightly under wraps. But the 2020 technical war already looks like it has its focus.

At last year's Sepang test, Ducati's works Desmosedicis were spotted running a switch on the bike's triple clamp. This turned out to be how it activated its latest secret - a holeshot device. However, this was not the device's debut. Jack Miller raced with it on the Primac Ducati from the Japanese Grand Prix in 2018, but it went by unnoticed, which left Ducati to steal a march on everybody.

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