Ducati has unveiled the Desmosedici GP 12 on Tuesday 20 march of 2012.The bike will be used by two Moto GP factory riders seven time world champion Valentino Rossi from Italy and one time champion Nicky Hayden from Australia.There is also a satellite Ducati team in which Karel Abraham the owner of the team will ride the new Desmosedici GP 12 in Moto GP 2012.
The GP 12 marks a new era in the Moto GP history of Ducati who were hesitant to use the aluminium frame used by the Japanese manufacturers and used carbon fibre frame which is bolted to the engine making the engine a stressed member of the chassis.This did not work well with GP 11 when World champion Rossi had failed to place in the top 3 of the standings in 2011 Moto GP has also complained about the lack of front end feel from the bike.So Ducati in the GP 12 had opted for an aluminium frame similar to that used by the Japanese manufacturers to stay competitive.
The design of the bike from the looks department looks deceivingly similar to the GP 11 but the bike has 90 % redesign states Ducati racing head in a previous interview with him.The front air scoop and the gas shock absorbers from the previous Desmosedici GP 11 remain intact.The position of the exhausts remain identical.The color scheme remains red but with an addition of green fairing lines in the front of the bike.The dry weight of the bike is 157 kg.The digital speedometer is also seen on the new 1199 panigale from Ducati.
Engine and Carburation:
With the new fuel tank regulations many people speculated that Ducati would opt for a 900 or 930 cc Desmosedici bike but Ducati had choosen to use the 1000 cc engine.The engine is four stroke V4 engine the cylinders are banked at 90 degree angle.Each cylinder has four titanium valves which are controlled by Ducati patented Desmodromic DOHC (Double Over Head Camshaft) system.The engine is liquid cooled.The final drive is D.I.D chain
The engine produces more than 230 hp and the bike can attain a top speed of 205 mph (330 km/h).
The carburation is Indirect Magneti Marelli electronic injection.Which have four throttle bodies with injectors above butterfly valves. Throttles are operated by EVO TCF (Throttle Control & Feedback) system.
Exhaust:The Exhaust is made by Termogini.
Brakes,Tyres and Suspension:
The brakes are manufactured by Brembo and the front discs are carbon ceramic composite disc brakes with two 320 mm diameter discs and discs have four piston calipers and steel rear disc brakes.
The front and rear tyres are of 16.5″ configuration and the tyres are supplied by Bridgestone.
The front and rear suspension are supplied by ohlins with the front having a 48 mm diameter gas charged forks and the rear with ohlins shock absorber which is adjustable for pre load,compression and rebound damping.
Transmission and Ignition:
The transmission is Ducati patented Ducati Seamless Transmission.
The ignition used is Magneti Marelli
Shell Advanced Ultra is used as lubricant and Shell racing V-power is used as fuel.
Teams using Ducati Desmosedici GP 12
1.Ducati factory racing team with two riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden.The number 46 bike is to be used by Valentino Rossi and 69 number bike will be used by Nicky Hayden.(Shown in above Image)
This bike is a prototype and not available for sale for the general public but it is available for raing teams at a price of $ 4 million.