2014 MotoGP: Ducati Decides on Factory or Open Entry after Sepang Tests

Possible Open Class entry for Ducati in 2014 MotoGO 1 photo
Photo: Fast Dates
Going either Factory or Open Class will most likely be the biggest decision Ducati Corse takes during the past years.
Ducati Corse's new chief Gigi Dall'Igna was very clear when he mentioned that the possibility that Ducati uses Marelli's software from 2014 onwards was as real as it gets, and the team is considering an Open Class entry quite seriously.

This would not only have Ducati loading 24 liters of fuel (4 extra over the Factory option), but will also allow the team to use 12 engines through the season, as opposed to the 5 Factory teams have, and will also bring in the special Open Class soft tires.

Dall'Igna knows the actual bike is no match for Honda and Yamaha, and this could be one more reason to try the Open Class path. It may also be the prospect of the Marelli software becoming mandatory in 2017, which is said to cause Honda to pull out of MotoGP...

Anyway, a decision will be made at the first pre-season tests at Sepang, in early February.

Source gp-inside
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