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All Ducati MotoGP Bikes To Race Under "Open" Rules

Ducati Corse to keep developing their bikes during the championship to improve competitiveness. Ducati Team has announced today that they will compete in the 2014 MotoGP Championship, taking advantage of the Open option. The new MotoGP regulations, introduced this year, give each manufacturer...

Published on March 1 2014, 20:32
Source: www.superbikeplanet.com
 

Ducati announced its MotoGP team will compete under the new "Open" class instead of the "Factory" class the other major manufacturers are adopting. Ducati declared its decision on the Feb. 28 deadline for teams to declare which of the two different class regulations they will use for the 2014... 

After a year of evolution in MotoGP which brought them few rewards, Ducati looks set for a radical shake up for next season. Respected Italian website GPOne.com is reporting that Ducati is considering racing in MotoGP as an Open entry, instead of under the Factory option. In practice, Ducati... 

The Ducati team has set high targets for 2016, but suggests that the recently introduced GP16 is up to the challenge. General Director of Ducati Corse Gigi Dall'Igna (top right), says, "We will fall in love of this bike." After a very positive 2015 season with production bike sales exceeding the... 

If you wanted proof that things are changing at Ducati, you need look no further than the launch of their MotoGP team. In years past, it was an outrageously flamboyant affair, a veritable extravaganza hosted by Philip Morris to showcase their two motor sports projects, the Ducati MotoGP team and... 

The news that Cal Crutchlow has signed a two-year deal with Ducati led to howls of despair from MotoGP fans, especially among those in the UK. Why, they asked, would Crutchlow willingly leave the Tech 3 Yamaha team and the as-near-factory-as-possible M1 to take on the miserable task of taming... 

Having a test on the Monday after the last race of the season is a rather cruel punishment for the MotoGP riders. The Sunday night after Valencia is usually a rather festive affair, with teams holding parties to mark either the departure of one rider, the arrival of a new one, celebrating... 

With Ducati having elected to switch to racing as an Open entry in the MotoGP class, it is time for a quick refresher course on the rules. Below is a primer on the key differences between racing as an Open entry and racing as a Factory Option entry, and the advantages and disadvantages of each....