The Ducati Desmosedici was finally launched on British soil last week following the official unveiling of the motorcycle on the eve of the Italian Grand Prix in Mugello on June 1st. Available from July 2007, the Ducati Desmosedici RR production prototype can already be reserved from the official Ducati dealer network. This important venture has simultaneously marked the return of Ducati to the MotoGP World Championship, and enabled the company to confirm its tradition of manufacturing successful, high-performance, four-stroke racing motorcycles.
“The philosophy of the Ducati Desmosedici project,” declared Filippo Preziosi, Ducati Corse Director General, “is best expressed as total integration between engine, chassis and rider. This basic concept has been our philosophy from the very moment that we decided to tackle this new challenge. The bike represents an important evolution over the Ducati Superbike and is the result of new design techniques that have allowed us to integrate ‘virtual’ modelling and analysis with our considerable racing experience. This has speeded up design and development time and enabled us to immediately obtain surprising results. Ducati is fully committed to this project, which has allowed us to grow quickly and transfer new technology to our streetbike product range, which as a result has become increasingly reliable, thrilling and high-performance.”
The dream of a true GP replica has finally come true and the Desmosedici RR will be the first-ever road-going motorcycle to offer such a stunning wealth of performance and technology that comes directly from Ducati’s experience in MotoGP. The RR derives from the Ducati Corse Grand Prix racing Desmosedici GP6, the same bike with which Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau are competing with in the 2006 MotoGP World Championship.
The Mugello launch was the perfect occasion to reveal the shape and the technical characteristics with which the bike will go to market, confirming the high technological features of this exclusive and esoteric machine. The body design and the aerodynamics faithfully reflect the Desmosedici GP6. The colour scheme, the fittings, the materials used in its construction as well as the technical features of the powerful four-cylinder desmodromic engine built by the Borgo Panigale factory engineers, leave no doubts whatsoever: the Desmosedici RR is the ultimate expression of the most extreme MotoGP racing machine today.
The project is currently in the industrialization phase and, as previously announced, it will be a limited edition motorcycle, with approximately 400 bikes being produced a year. The RR is scheduled to arrive in the market in July 2007, while from June 2nd 2006 it will be possible to reserve the bike through the official Ducati dealer network, with Ducati 999R owners receiving priority. This is the new frontier of Ducati technological evolution, a dream come true, demonstrating once again the courage and the passion of Ducati, as well as the ability to transfer the experience of the racing world to a machine that is destined for road use.
“This is an important moment for us, another dream come true. Producing the Desmosedici RR means offering the ultimate expression of Ducati technology, while remaining faithful to the tradition of every one of our road and racing bikes,” declared Federico Minoli. “It is a challenge that we wanted to accept and although relatively few bikes will be made, the RR will be a true object of desire for all Ducatisti. It will be the ultimate Ducati experience, one that best exemplifies the passion and the ingenuity for which we are famous. Meanwhile the twin-cylinder remains and will continue to remain Ducati’s traditional engine, having equipped all of our production models in the past and equipping them in the future.”
|Type||L-4 cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, Desmodromic, 4 valves per cylinder, gear driven camshafts|
|Power||More than 200 HP @ 13,500 rpm*|
|Fuel injection||Four 50 mm Magneti Marelli throttle bodies, 12-hole “microjet”with injectors over throttle, manual idle control;|
|Exhaust||‘4 into 2 into 1’vertical exit exhaust/silencer|
|Gearbox||6-speed; Cassette type|
|Clutch||Dry multi-plate slipper clutch, hydraulically actuated|
|Body||Full carbon fibre bodywork|
|Frame||Tubular steel trellis hybrid, carbon fibre seat support, aluminium swingarm|
|Front Suspension||Ohlins ‘FG353’ PFF forks USD 43 mm pressurized, with preload, rebound and compression adjustment, TiN coated sliders|
|Front Wheel||Marchesini forged and machined magnesium alloy wheels, with 7 spoke design as GP6|
|Rear Suspension||Ohlins rear shock, with rebound, low/high speed compression adjustment, and hydraulic preload adjustment|
|Rear Wheel||Marchesini forged and machined magnesium alloy wheels, with 7 spoke design as GP6|
|Front Brake||Two Brembo radial “monoblock” callipers with four 34 mm pistons; two semi-floating 320 mm x 6 mm discs, with machined flange: the same as GP6 wet race set-up|
|Rear Brake||240 mm fixed disc, calliper with two 34 mm pistons|
|Fuel tank||aluminium alloy|
|Instruments||New lightweight Corse electronic multifunction dashboard with LCD ‘bar’ graph tachometer, trip/odometer, anti-theft immobilizer, lap time measurement, oil pressure, fuel reserve, EOBD, clock, air temperature, rev counter.|
|Colours||Two versions – 1) Desmosedici RR: Rosso GP with a white number plate on the tail section; 2) Desmosedici RR “Team Version”: Rosso GP with broad white fairing stripe. A team sponsor decal kit will be provided with each bike.|