Official shots reveal Ducati GP9 carbon chassis

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Yes, we’ve seen the carbon frame on the Ducati GP9 before, but the interesting part is how Ducati Corse CEO Claudio Domenicali  neglects to say what type of chassis architecture the team is using for its MotoGP-contending Desmosedici GP9. We’ll find out as more images are revealed, but in the meantime we’re leaning towards a multi-component structure that emphasizes the engine as a stressed member to compensate for inflexibility of the carbon head-stock.
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For the moment, Claudio is rightly cautious to claim the new frame a vast improvement over the trellis architecture, which has been a Ducati staple for well over 30 years now, stating that “only the facts will tell us if this is going to be the best solution or not.” He may be a bit worried about Ducati’s hugely rabid following harboring feelings of betrayal. We don’t think that will be much of an issue as long as Casey Stoner keeps winning.

via MCN

  • ronery

    maybe some suspension trickery a la michael czysz’s C1, which also uses a carbon fiber frame.

  • johnc

    domenicali is not the ceo of ducati … gabriele del torchio is the ceo of ducati.

    domenicali is ceo of ducati corse.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes

      Thanks John, we’ve printed a correction.

  • Jonesy

    Either way… carbon fiber frame… Good Luck Nicky that bitch is going to be a Lightning Bolt and a half!!!

  • ehpawk

    That thing looks like a serious bit of fun.

    wes, are there any plans in the future for a forum?
    i think it would be a great addition to the site.

    1 more thing i sent you an email yesterday or the day before, may not be site worthy but i think you might enjoy it.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes

      We don’t plan a forum, but would like to expand our community functionality and participation. Ideas?

      Thanks for the email. I’ve been in Detroit covering the auto show, we’ll be catching up with articles for the rest of the week.

  • http://triumphdaytona675.wordpress.com Sam

    I think the comment system as it works is pretty spot on. Once you get forums you often get trolls moving in and bike websites often suffer from them.

    Sam

  • ehpawk

    ah no Sam i like the comment system, i was just looking for a place to discuss bikes with the people here that isn’t article related. For instance, My second bike is a xs400 and i really love what the lockheed lounge is becoming and would like some more ideas.

    I’d like to make it a custom little machine tha’ts fun for around town and doesn’t look as bad as it looks now. I got it pretty cheap and have no issue hacking it up.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes

      Well after we finish the exhibition we’ll make our facebook page a little fancier and start promoting it on HFL. Maybe that can be a good place for off-topic discussions.

  • http://ridethetorquecurve.blogspot.com/ hoyt

    Didn’t MCN criticize Moto Czysz for using a cf chassis when it first broke cover?

  • hoyt
    • ronery

      yeah, we all know if michael czysz had been born in britain or in italy MCN would have declared the C1 bike of the universe. it’s no secret that the british press gets off on trashing anything american and simultaneously harboring an unnatural love for all things british and/or italian. but it’s nothing less than we’ve come to expect from MCN.

  • http://triumphdaytona675.wordpress.com Sam

    Ehpawk – Ah, I get you now. It seems Facebook is the best solution as people tend to behave themselves a bit more in Facebook groups.

    I like the comments on this site, especially since Wes and Grant actually reply to questions which sets HLF apart from a lot of other motorcycle websites.

    Sam

  • http://triumphdaytona675.wordpress.com Sam

    Ronery, couldn’t the press of every country be accused of being biased towards home-brands at least to some degree?

    Sam

    • ronery

      sure. anyone who’s ever picked up an issue of motortrend or car and driver could see that. but that doesn’t mean i have to like it.

    • ronery

      sure. anyone who’s ever picked up a copy of motortrend, car and driver or motorcyclist could tell you that. but that doesn’t mean i have to like it.