The 2011 Ducati Desmosedici GP11 MotoGP Bike - Photos And Video


Yellow vs White: Ducati's 2011 MotoGP team


So many sponsors are lining up at Ducati that they're using every available space to put stickers on


The triple clamps have been slotted to add more flex at full lean


Pick your poison


Beware of the dogs


The general consensus seems to be that Hayden's three-color scheme is nicer than the bike when Rossi's yellow is added


150 years of Italy. And they call the USA a young country


#46 


#69


A longer fairing, double radiator exhaust vents, repositioned winglets. The GP11 features radically revised aerodynamics


The 2010 Desmosedici. Comparing the old bike and the new bike, the changes are very visible

Finally, GPOne.com has a video walk-round of the GP11, capturing the bike in three dimensions:

Yellow vs White: Ducati's 2011 MotoGP teamSo many sponsors are lining up at Ducati that they're using every available space to put stickers on

Comments

WOW!

I like it!

Rossi spent a LOT of time negotiating his colors into that livery. You need only glance at it to see how good he was with negotiations. Well...that, and the fact that they wanted him to be happy...

It's obnoxiously loud. Enough to distract the eye from the quirkier elements of the Ducati design... Yep, it's definitely an improvement. In an over-the-top kinda way... Mind you, I've never liked the look of this bike in the first place...

The front looks more round and bulbous and blunt-of-nose in profile than last year's bike...and just about every single last conceivable thing is enclosed...

I'm still looking at the pictures...

Total votes: 27

Oldskool fairing.

Is it me or does the fairing look like an eighties stroker?
The retro color scheme fits the new tupperware design. The red I think looks more pink than it is in reality. The yellow is kind of what you'd expect: not ideal but definately Rossi.

Total votes: 28

All bubble

The fairing takes a much more rounded look and the lines between the tank and fairing all make it look like something out of Classic Racer. I think it looks great. They yellow mixed in is a slap in the face at first but right after you get over that it has a unique appeal. It's almost so much of a mess than it too looks a bit of a throw back when sponsor material was pasted all over bike and rider with little concern for aesthetic. I dig it.

Total votes: 31

Look closely........

There are very subtle differences between the two bikes. I can spot 4 so far. (I've looked at a fair few other pic's on other sites as well showing different angles)

1) Rossi's rear cowling is shorter
2) The intakes on the rear cowling are smaller on Rossi's bike
3) The front Air intake on Nicky's bike is a different shape
4) Nicky's screen is at a steeper angle.

The first 3 are the a little intriguing.........

Probably more down to having the development being a continuous process and needing something to show the press than any conspiricy.

Still....... Air intakes and cooling play a BIG role for a lot of reasons.

Total votes: 41

almost

agreed on the different rear cowl, And Nicky might prefer a higher bubble, but at this point I would have to vote that these bikes are functionally identical,,

Total votes: 33

It's growing on me...

I might as well like it (was not sure at first). I do like Nicky's colors better...Now I just hope they can win some races on them.

Total votes: 32

On #46 bike what is

the Kanji on the black portion above the footrest saying? A message to yamaha perhaps, or a fake affectation logo? Never noted it before, but then I don't make a habit of scrutinising every detail of Rossi's bike / leathers / tribal folklore.

Total votes: 30

The Translation

This is the translation from a Japanese friend of a friend who works in the moto industry.

"It says "Good luck Rossifumi". Rossifumi is his old nick name before doctor. He called him self Rossifumi cos he used idolise Norick Abe way before he passed away.... Abe's real name is Norifumi Abe, so decided to fut fumi after Rossi :) Most Japanese fans call him Rossifumi still :)"

Thanks to Kyoko!

Total votes: 34

Very old

It is possibly the longest running of his personal stickers, and dates to his 125 days.

Total votes: 34

That's not KANJI.....Its

That's not KANJI.....Its HIRAGANA.....Rossi had same on his Yamaha

Total votes: 33

New sponsor for Nick?

First time I think I have ever seen Nicky without a ton of Alpinestar on. Not since the days of Joe Rocket for sure.

Total votes: 36

He's switched to Dainese

He's switched to Dainese while Lorenzo went to Alpinestars.

Total votes: 41

Also,

1) Rossi's rear cowling is shorter
2) The intakes on the rear cowling are smaller on Rossi's bike
3) The front Air intake on Nicky's bike is a different shape
4) Nicky's screen is at a steeper angle.

I think these are mearly detail differences for rider spec.

They aero package is that important at this level. Riders are different sizes and have different natural riding positions. A one body fits all approach would not do the job efficiently enough.

Total votes: 31

NACA duct?

David - are they running an oil cooler or have some "hot" system near the airbox? There is a NACA duct on both bikes on the upper-right side, next to the Ducati name. It is only on the right side, not the left side. It being on just the right side makes me think that it is cooling a specific system as opposed to the general engine / transmission.

Total votes: 34

I presume its..

cooling for the ECU, they can get quite hot with all the processing power they're packing these days.

Total votes: 30

Ugh..

Did Rossi really needed to colour the seating yellow.

Total votes: 34

IMO

There is no way in the world that yellow belongs on that bike I don't care who you are.

Total votes: 36

Agreed...The whole thing

Agreed...The whole thing looks a mess... Even the rider looks sick

Total votes: 32

The old sun/moon gothic helmet

I love how Rossi has reverted back to the old gothic helmet. Clearly a sign to all that although he has aged, he still has the same hunger for victory he had the last time he wore this style.

Total votes: 36

Apparently

Acer just became a sponsor too.

Total votes: 36

fairing shape reminds me of a Benelli Tornado

methinks more streamlined than the GP10 and prior.

Total votes: 30

look closely at winglets, they're actually in the same place...

...the fairing front edges down low have been pushed forward.

Total votes: 41

Rossi's scheme reminds me of...

Rossi's color scheme sort of reminds me of Mario Brothers' Fire Suit.

Total votes: 32

Full circle

Funny, the bright colour schemes were originally to be noticed so your sponsors were happy, and now a solid colour like the Rizla blue really stands out. See the pics from the Valencia testing? Remember how striking the plain black (Rossi) and white (Stoner) schemes looked?

Imagine if they carried that through and were wild enough to wear black leathers? The racing world would go into shock.

Total votes: 35

The 2 gills on the right, 3

The 2 gills on the right, 3 gills on the left of the bike interests me!

Total votes: 30

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