Video, Specs And Photos From Today's Ducati Desmosedici GP12 Online Launch

Ducati, in partnership with Italian telecommunications company TIM, presented their 2012 bike today in an online launch for a reported audience of 96,000 fans and media around the world. Much excitement had surrounded the launch of the new livery, the color scheme feature a lot more white than in previous years. A hint to that effect had been seen in the new team gear sported by Ducati staff at the Sepang tests, which also had a lot more white than last year's all-red clothing.

Despite the fact that normally, not much of substance is revealed at bike launches, Ducati's was a little different. Ducati Corse boss Filippo Preziosi finally came clean on two questions which had had the paddock most intrigued: what was the angle of the Ducati's engine, and had Ducati gone with the maximum capacity allowed. Preziosi confirmed that the bike was indeed still a V90° engine, as most informed sources had suspected, but he still had a surprise up his sleeve. The bike, Preziosi said, used the maximum capacity allowed at 999cc, and was not, as had been suggested by some, somewhere between 900 and 930cc. Given the disadvantages of a higher-revving engine (losses due to friction) this is less of a surprise, though there had been much speculation that a smaller engine would allow for more efficient combustion.

Both Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden repeated their statements from Sepang that the bike was massively improved over the GP11 they raced last year, with the major problem - a lack of front-end feel - largely solved. Now it was a lack of grip at the rear that troubled them, but with development and more parts expected to come as the year progresses, both Rossi and Hayden were confident of being much more competitive. Hayden added that changes to the bike were now much easier to make and made a difference to setup, making it easier to get the bike to work in the way that they want.

Another interesting note in the presentation came when Ducati's president Gabriele Del Torchio thanked the many sponsors involved in helping Ducati's MotoGP program. He made a note to personally thank Maurizio Arrivabene, Vice President of Global Communications and Marketing for Phillip Morris. Though Marlboro is not shown on the list of sponsors issued by Ducati Corse, and none of the communications make any mention of the tobacco company, it is clear that Marlboro is still backing Ducati's MotoGP project. The power of association is such that although the visible sponsorship is long gone, the mental link to Marlboro carries on, just as Giacomo Agostini is still always associated with MV Agusta, despite being an official Yamaha ambassador.

The bikes will now be shipped to Jerez, ready for the IRTA test which begins on Friday for the MotoGP riders.

Below is a selection of photos, courtesy of Ducati Corse, a couple of videos detailing the development path of the Desmosedici GP12, a full list of sponsors and the specifications of the GP12.

Video: Filippo Preziosi explains the design of the GP12

Video: The Ducati Desmosedici GP12 Presented

The Ducati Desmosedici GP12 official photos, courtesy of Ducati Corse


Rossi's new bike, other side


Nicky Hayden's new GP12


Hayden's new bike, other side


Bottom view. Note slots in frame behind swingarm mount for more flexibility


Looking up, you can see the fuel tank, which has been moved


Better view of the fuel tank and new exhaust routing


Hayden's Tricolore colors


Another view of the exhaust


View from the rear. Note the slimmer tank around the knees


The office, with updated instrumentation


Ducati's new colors are vaguely reminiscent of the Kenny Roberts Marlboro Yamaha colors from the mid-90s


Front view of #46


The grill is there to catch stones, and prevent them from entering the engine in the case of a crash


Note the full radiator at the front. No cylinder heads sticking through, for the first time ever, a sign the engine has been rotated backwards.


Another rear vew, with a good shot of the heat shielding.

#46' hopes ride on this one

Specifications

DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP12 Technical Specifications
Engine: Liquid-cooled, 90 degree V4 four-stroke, desmodromic DOHC, four valves per cylinder
Capacity: 1,000cc
Maximum power: More than 230hp
Maximum speed: In excess of 330 km/h (205 mph)
Transmission: Ducati Seamless Transmission (DST). Chain final drive
Carburation: Indirect Magneti Marelli electronic injection, four throttle bodies with injectors above butterfly valves
Throttles operated by EVO TCF (Throttle Control & Feedback) system
Fuel: Shell Racing V-Power
Lubricant: Shell Advance Ultra 4
Ignition: Magneti Marelli
Exhaust: Termignoni
Final Drive: D.I.D Chain
Frame: Aluminium
Suspension: Öhlins inverted 48mm fork and Öhlins shock absorber, adjustable for preload, compression and rebound damping
Tyres: Bridgestone 16.5" front and rear
Brakes: Brembo, two 320mm carbon front discs with four-piston callipers. Single stainless steel rear disc with two-piston calliper
Dry weight: 157 kg (346 lbs.)

Sponsors

DUCATI TEAM 2012 SPONSORS
OFFICIAL SPONSORS
Telecom Italia: Telephone, internet
Generali: Insurance, bank services, finance
AMG: High-performance automobiles
Enel: Electric and gas energy
Riello UPS: Uninterruptable power supplies
Diesel: Casual clothing, sportswear, accessories
Shell: Fuel, lubricants
Bridgestone: Tyres
OFFICIAL PARTNERS
Acer: Laptops, monitors
Bosch: Power tools
Guabello: Fabrics
Inver: Industrial paints
Lampo: Zippers
Puma: Team clothing
SanDisk: Flash memory and SSD technology devices
Tudor: Watches
TECHNICAL PARTNERS
Capit: Tyre warmers
CM Composit: Carbon fibre work
D.I.D: Chain
Fiamm: Auto and motorcycle batteries
Magneti Marelli: CPUs, data-acquisition systems
Mechanix: Technical work gloves
NGK: Spark plugs
SKF: Ball bearings
Termignoni: Exhaust systems
Usag: Tool cabinets

 

Ducati, in partnership with Italian telecommunications company TIM, presented their 2012 bike today in an online launch for a reported audience of 96,000 fans and media around the world. Much excitement had surrounded the launch of the new livery, the color scheme feature a lot more white than in previous years. A hint to that effect had been seen in the new team gear sported by Ducati staff at the Sepang tests, which also had a lot more white than last year's all-red clothing.

Comments

Want one!

Let's hope it goes as good as it looks!

Total votes: 45

engine capacity

There's no replacement for displacement.

Only difference between 46 & 69 I spotted was the comfy backrest on Nicky's bike. Anyone spot something else besides the stickers?

Total votes: 36

other difference...

Rossi's bike has the rear axle full-forward, Hayden's bike's axle all the way back.
Dunno if there's any significance to that.

Clipons seem slightly different, but odd photo angles.... who knows.

Total votes: 33

Look, an Alitalia Ducati! :D

Look, an Alitalia Ducati! :D

Total votes: 35

Good news

Preziosi giving the lowdown was most welcome. Glad to hear they have stuck to L layout. The capacity came as a minor surprise. I figured on the 930 side.
The alloy frame ? Time will tell. Particularly Tissot timing in a few days time.
Colour scheme. Much better than last year for Rossi's bike. Elementary,considering the task at hand, but perhaps a little less white and a broader, darker hue of green used more liberally would have sat better with me.
Preziosi also made it clear a while back that they are free to chase lap times in Jerez. We await this one with baited breath. I for one have my favourite riders as do most,but I sure hope #46 and #69 get up to level pace with the usual suspects.

Total votes: 45

Waning influence?

Significantly less yellow on this GP12 than the Vroom launched GP11.

Total votes: 35

Engine

I suspect use of 1000cc engine is to to with engine longevity since a bigger engine needs less revs to make same power as a smaller engine and if power is down u can easily increase rpm to compensate.

I would not be surprised if they used a turned down engine for practice sessions and a special turned up one for the races, which would allow them the best of both worlds, one engine can be used longer for practice and power when needed.

I'm hoping the Doc does well and show those naysayers that he is not out to pasture and because it would help the show and make racing more exciting.

Total votes: 36

Wait....

....they missed FTR off the list of technical partners! LOL

Total votes: 40

Now...

That is a thing of beauty...

Total votes: 38

New 2 year contract...

Any more news on the factory Ducati rider that got a 2 year extension today?

Total votes: 34

Look! No winglets...

...and none of the mandatory brake lever protectors.  Hmmm...

Total votes: 35

Re: Look! No winglets...

That's the first thing I looked for as well. Perhaps they've been supplanted by the F40s worth of NACA ducts.

Total votes: 36

Frame

Is that the previous frame from the Ducati Valencia bike? Looks like the stearing head has a date stamp of September 2011.

Total votes: 34

bearing insert

Looks like it is the headstock bearing insert that is stamped, not the frame itself. Not unexpected to use the same bearing holder across frame revisions. The triple clamp nut is from October.

Chris
http://moto2-usa.blogspot.com/

Total votes: 35

slots for stiffness?

I'd say those horizontal slots on the rear frame upright produce a stiffer part than if the material had been milled out from the backside as is done in that area with most frames.

FTR sure does do some beautiful work. Too bad they were forgotten on the list.

Chris
http://moto2-usa.blogspot.com/

Total votes: 40

how?

how would a slotted part give you more stiffness than a solid part? infact it should reduce the bending and torsional stiffness. But i know manufactures reduce the stiffness by slotting holes. You dont want a really rigid frame, and you dont want a weak frame either. To compensate they put slots. My understanding, but i maybe wrong too..

Total votes: 38

reread my post

And you'll see that I never mentioned a solid part. I said 'a stiffer part than if the material had been milled out from the backside as is done in that area with most frames.' Every now and then you'll see someone weld a cap over the openings which is doing the same thing as the FTR's machining technique.

Chris
http://moto2-usa.blogspot.com/

Total votes: 39

Yes i did read your post. did

Yes i did read your post. did you mean to say it produces a stiffer part compared to a milled part? if so sorry for the misinterpretation. structurally that seems to be a bad place to mill slots cuz the swingarm axle comes in that upright.

Total votes: 40

@sgates well spotted!

@sgates well spotted!

Total votes: 44

STILL LOOKING FOR THE ENGINE?

re: "Ducati Corse boss Filippo Preziosi finally came clean on two questions which had had the paddock most intrigued: what was the angle of the Ducati's engine, and had Ducati gone with the maximum capacity allowed. Preziosi confirmed that the bike was indeed still a V90° engine, as most informed sources had suspected, but he still had a surprise up his sleeve. The bike, Preziosi said, used the maximum capacity allowed at 999cc, and was not, as had been suggested by some, somewhere between 900 and 930cc."

of course it was always going to be 999cc's for the reason, "you don't bring a knife to a gun fight". and of course you don't go changing the cylinder angle or position for the reason, "you don't go fixing that which isn't broken". not when you've got it all to do in the chassis department and certainly not with only 90 days at your disposal.

Total votes: 33

CLEAR AS MUD

Though Marlboro is not shown on the list of sponsors issued by Ducati Corse, and none of the communications make any mention of the tobacco company, it is clear that Marlboro is still backing Ducati's MotoGP project.

backing it by how much i wonder...? with superbowl ads now costing $3.5mil for 30 seconds, madison avenue knows not from stealth advertising.

Total votes: 36

Yamacati?

ooppsss...i meant ducati...Thank god they removed some yellow paint in rossi's bike but the red color looks pale not really strong red that they used before. In the first look you would imagine an aprilia bike because of the stripe in the side. Does anyone noticed how long the seat of rossi's bike? Yeah ducati never mentioned FTR, so its a DUCATI-FTR Motogp team? For me this bike are gorgeous but as racing fan it doesn't matter, the results is more important. Well good luck and try to catch stoner.

David could you pls features honda rcv213 of stoner and yamaha m1 of lorenzo just like what you did in ducati. thank you very much!

Total votes: 37

new engine?

Curious to know weather they have a new engine for this test..
NH posted on Twitter sunday he went to the factory hoping to hear engines on the dyno?
also whats with ducati logo on the fuel tank sticking out so much..looks like a metal sticker!

Total votes: 34

Weather and whether

Ideal weather conditions are forecast for Jerez through till next week. Moto3 and Moto2 will have the surface well cleaned and rubbered in. It's been a long haul since Valencia last year.
Whether the Ducati effort matches the rest is a moot point.
CRT getting on with it all aswell at the same test. High time.
I have a feeling that 2012 is finally underway.

Total votes: 36

@bluesman It looks to me like

@bluesman It looks to me like the stickers are placed on what appears to be tank guards for accident damage supression.

Total votes: 34

cheers Jeff L.

cheers! either that or they might have to do with with fuel thank measurements/shape. (i read something about it after posting.. i think on Manziana's blog)

Total votes: 33

interesting

i really like this type of Sports bike and i wishes to purchase these bikes but don have much money :)

Kasyno

Total votes: 35

Could've been better?

But still a racing ducati is always beautiful.Anyways i just wanted to say that i hope Rossi is around 0.5 sec or less off stoners pace. I just want to see him back on the podium at the first race and hope that he is able to stick with the front pack this year.He has been and will continue to be my favorite rider, whatever the result.

Total votes: 32

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