Ducati Unveils Desmosedici GP11

Rossi and Hayden’s 2011 MotoGP machine revealed

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jan. 12, 2011
Ducati unveiled the 2011 version of its Desmosedici race bike which Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden will ride for the upcoming MotoGP season.

The unveiling took place at Wroom 2011, the annual ski and media event in the Italian Alps held jointly by Ducati and Ferrari.

According to Filippo Preziosi, the Desmosedici GP11’s designer, Ducati worked to improve the race prototype’s engine torque and aerodynamics.

“The main changes are in the engine, they are internal and external and are designed to achieve a more favorable, flatter torque,” Preziosi told MotoGP.com. “The aim of the changed aerodynamics is to reduce friction, therefore improving the maximum speed while reducing the lifting of the front wheel.”

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Ducati encountered problems with the 2010 Desmosedici’s front end last season, with former rider Casey Stoner crashing out of several early races. Stoner showed some improvement after Ducati switched to the 2009 machine’s forks. For 2011, Preziosi says the chassis has been revised and a new suspension system will be ready for the next pre-season test in Malaysia in February.

The Desmosedici’s livery has more white this year along with the traditional Ducati Red. Rossi’s Desmosedici has elements of Rossi’s trademark yellow applied by Aldo Drudi.

Valentino Rossi Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP

For more pictures, visit our Ducati Desmosedici GP11 gallery.