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Ducati, in search of more power: "We have to try everything"

Due to the pandemic, the engine development of many of the MotoGP prototypes was completely frozen. Two years later, new performance improvements are expected on all teams, especially on one. With four teams and eight riders on the grid in 2022, Ducati is bigger than the competition.

The Desmosedici is postulated as one of the most powerful bikes in the championship, being responsible for many of the expectations created about it this year in the paddock.

“We have done a lot,” confirmed Gigi Dall’Igna on ‘Sky Italia’. “We have a completely new engine. We wanted to find more horsepower, that’s always our philosophy. At the same time we wanted to keep the advantages of the old engine.”

Michele Pirro is responsible for testing all the innovations on the track, a task he has been pursuing since Monday as part of the MotoGP shakedown.

“From this point of view we have reached a very good level . Everyone has done a good job. Now we are excited about the circuits where the engine does count,” he added.

And that, for example, is the Sepang circuit in Malaysia, with two long straights waiting to receive the starting drivers for the first official pre-season test.

The new Desmosedici also differs visually from its predecessor. The prototype has become a little more compact, with a new Akrapovic exhaust and aerodynamics that have also been modified in essential details. At the rear of the bike, the long exhausts that had already been seen in the Misano tests are striking, and that are perfectly in tune with the search for more power.


Another example of this philosophy and the usual practice of Borgo Panigale is given by the side fairings of the front fender, much more slender and devoid of the two air intakes seen on the GP21. In addition, there is a completely new design of the tail, more conical in the upper part and striking in the lower part. This suggests that some electronic component could be waiting.

“We already tested the new aerodynamics at the Jerez test, which we will also see at Sepang,” says Dall’Igna. “We are still working on it. Our drivers were already very satisfied, but I am curious what their comments will be now.”

For their part, Pecco Bagnaia, Jack Miller, Johann Zarco, Jorge Martín and Luca Marini will test the new GP22 on Saturday and Sunday. The rest of the Ducati riders, Marco Bezzecchi, Enea Bastianini and Fabio Di Giannantonio will use the 2021 model.

After the Jerez test in November, runner-up Bagnaia said that Ducati had improved what was already a ” perfect bike” . “The drivers’ championship is always our goal,” says Dall’Igna. “We have had that in our heads for a while. We have to try everything again to bring the world title home,” he concluded.

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