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.
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.