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2016 Ducati Desmosedici GP16 Picture Galore

Ducati introduced their 2016 MotoGP team yesterday in a 45-minute-long event that took place at the Borgo Panigale headquarters, having both riders among those who stepped on the stage alongside Ducati Corse officials.
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If you missed the event, you can relive it checking out the link at the end of yesterday's article, but before you do this, better grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the massive hi-res photo gallery Ducati shared with us.

The new machine stays faithful to the traditional naming pattern, so we're dealing with the Desmo GP16, with Desmo being short for Desmosedici. Desmosedici is itself a complex word born from putting together the desmodromic valve actuation principle and the Italian numeral "sedici" which stands for 16. All in all, it's short for "desmodromic distribution with sixteen valves," for the sake of accuracy.

The GP16 uses the spec Magneti Marelli ECU that operates Dorna software standard for all the MotoGP bikes on the grid, and, as of this year, the wheel diameter went up from 16.5" to 17" alongside updated tires that are now supplied by Michelin.

We also peeked on the Italian tech spec, and it reads a peak power "over 245 hp." No manufacturer names the exact figure, so it's rather hard to estimate how powerful these machines are exactly. In comparison, KTM says that their RC16, also a V4, is already past the 270 hp bar.

The 1000cc engine has direct electronic fuel injection with butterfly throttle bodies and injectors under and above the throttle valve, controlled by the EVO 2 TCF (Throttle Control & Feedback) system. Ducati also uses its own Ducati Seamless Transmission (DST_EVO) gearboxes and says that the top speed is over 340 km/h (211 mph). We witnessed the Bologna bikes getting in the vicinity of 360 km/h (224 mph) at Mugello, and we know there's a lot more than these official specs.

We should also mention the twin spar aluminum frame, Brembo brakes, Ohlins suspensions at both ends, and dedicated Akrapovic exhausts, plus the four winglets that are aimed at increasing stability at high speed.

We happen to know people who preferred to remove the winglets from a Kawasaki Ninja H2R as they created more problems when speeds got close to 385 km/h (239.3 mph), but it looks like these "fins" work just fine for Ducati.

 
 
 
 
 

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