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Feb 26, 2002

Ducati's MotoGP Bike: It's Red

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>By Melissa Berkoff<BR><BR>The public should get its first view of Ducati Corse's MotoGP contender in a few weeks, in a press release expected sometime in March. Reports on the appearance of the bike from various employees of Ducati Corse who have seen the design range from "It looks like a GP bike" to "It looks like a Ducati" to "It's red." The bike does have Ducati's characteristic trellis frame, and the layout of the "Twin-Twin" engine gives a typical Ducati Twin-esque look when viewed in profile.<BR><BR>As to whether or not it sounds like a Ducati, that remains to be determined as the engine has not been fired up yet. It is also unknown whether the chosen firing order--with cylinders on the same bank firing simultaneously to mimic the feel and power delivery of a V-Twin--will work as intended. Once tests begin, the option of a more traditional firing order will be explored as well.