First photos of Valentino Rossi’s Ducati GP12

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Leaked on Twitter and Facebook earlier today by a handful of close followers of the Ducati MotoGP circus, these are the first-ever photos of The Doctor’s GP12. Apparently snapped during pre-season testing at Sepang, what do they show us? Well, the aluminum beam frame appears identical to that of Karel Abraham’s bike. Yes, the Ducati Desmosedici GP12 will be ditching the controversial carbon monocoque.

Update: Now it looks like the Rossi-livery bike is the one being used by satellite teams, while the black one seen here is the actual GP12. The swingarm pivot plates are slightly different. Bunch of new images in the gallery.

  • Matt W

    interested to see how this plays out, ditching carbon and all

  • Richard


  • Rob Cavenagh

    That 2-into-1 pipe is gorgeous. Why can’t all Ducatis come that way?

    • Elmer

      Because it get in the way of us seeing the heavy single-sided swingarm

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  • Liquidogged

    Very curious to see how much the feedback improves/changes for Rossi and Hayden. It’s fair to say that people are expecting something to change this season.

    • robotribe

      More of the same… but better? I’m equally curious to see how Honda & Yamaha have tweaked from their already better positions, bike-wise.

  • Wes Siler

    Alex loves vague counterpoints, doesn’t he?

    Ah shit. I’m all thumbs on my phone and deleted the comment this was in response to. Sorry dude.

  • the_doctor

    It probably got too expensive to crash the carbons.

  • jwinter

    Apparently this is still the GP0. The GP12 was tweeted by Rossi this morning and was all black. No livery yet.

  • RT Moto

    I was wondering what happened to my comment… Fat finger Wes is what happened i guess. Lol

  • Andrew

    Hi NACA duct!

  • Archer

    One finds oneself wondering if Rossi will be penning a sequel… “What if I hadn’t done it II”. This time about what could have been, if he had stayed at Yamaha. This Disasterous Ducati business is just too sad a way to be ending a brilliant career.

    • Elmer

      Rossi didn’t want to make the same mistake as Agostini. He’s stuck with Yamaha because he ended his career with them even though he won all of his titles with MV Agusta. Rossi gets to hang in the Ducati paddock after he retires. They always have the bestest umbrella girls, no?

  • tony starr

    sorry wes, this is the older GPZero frame.

  • damien

    That thing looks 3/4 scale up on the table like that. Can’t wait to read about the test tomorrow morning.

  • Miticale

    Looks like it isn’t a complete disaster- Rossi finished 5th in the testing (although if Stoner didn’t have his back ache, probably 6th) but saying he can get adequate temps out of the front tire and can brake as he prefers.

  • 1198freak

    It does look 3/4 scale, damn these bikes are tiny. I saw a picture of the midget Pedrosa on the new Honda, it looked just about right for him… At 200 pounds I think I would look like a bear riding a tricycle on that thing