Both Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner rode the new 2010 Ducati Desmosedici GP10 at the Sepang MotoGP test held on February 4th and 5th. Ducati is working hard to regain the competitive advantage they brought to their championship-winning 2007 season. The GP10 prototype tested has some major changes from last year's GP9.
Stoner finished the test second fastest to Valentino Rossi while Hayden was eight fastest on day one and seventh fastest on day two. Vittoriano Guareschi, Ducati Team Manager and test rider, took a few minutes to explain some of the differences on the GP10. As well, both Nicky and Casey had comments on the new motorcycle that Ducati will continue to evolve through the 2010 MotoGP season.
2010 Ducati Desmosedici GP10 Specs
Engine: 799cc liquid-cooled, 90 degree V4 four-stroke, Desmodromic DOHC, four valves per cylinder with more than 200hp
Maximum speed: In excess of 310 kph/192 mph
Transmission: Six-speed cassette-type gearbox, with alternative gear ratios available. Dry multi-plate slipper clutch. Chain final-drive.
Carburetion: Indirect Magneti Marelli electronic injection, four throttle bodies with injectors above butterfly valve. Throttles operated by EVO TCF (Throttle Control & Feedback) system.
Suspension: Íhlins upside-down 48mm front forks and Íhlins rear shock absorber, adjustable for preload, compression and rebound damping.
Tires: Bridgestone 16.5" front and rear
Brakes: Brembo with two 320mm carbon front discs with four-piston calipers. Single stainless steel rear disc with two-piston calipers.
Dry weight: 150kg