Different from Yamaha, Ducati wants to make the bike faster in corners


Yamaha is working hard to improve its engine so that it can compete with the power of the Ducati motorcycle on the MotoGP track. On the other hand, Ducati, which feels that its bike is the most powerful of all, wants to sacrifice it so that the bike can go faster in the corners.

The MotoGP test at the Misano Circuit, Italy, was held on 6-7 September 2022. Yamaha through the YZR-M1 2023 prototype managed to make significant progress with a new, faster engine, both during acceleration and when trying to achieve top speed.

While Ducati works in the opposite way Yamaha. The Borgo Panigale manufacturer is trying as much as possible to make the Desmosedici faster in the corners, even though it will cost him top speed this motorbike.

Fabio Quartararo undergoes a test session at the Misano Circuit, Italy (6-7/9/2022) Photo: Yamaha Monster Energy

“Yes, we work in the opposite way to Yamaha. We try to get speed in the corners and have a bike that closes more lines when exiting corners,” said Ducati Lenovo rider Francesco Bagnaia, quoted from Crash.

Bagnaia added that the current Ducati bike has developed well and is stable in the corners, although in the end it has sacrificed the advantage of Ducati which is famous for being fast on the straight track.

“I think we did a good job, we improved a lot. Compared to last year we lost a little bit of speed (top speed), to have more cornering speed. We are moving in that direction,” continued the rider nicknamed ‘Pecco’.

He added that top speed is also an important thing, but it is not the main thing. Ducati’s current focus is on aspects of stability and agility like that of the Yamaha motorcycle.

“At the moment we are only focused on the chassis, having a better feeling with the bike,” said Bagnaia.

“From the outside our bike looks perfect, but we lose a lot of time in corners or at the finish line compared to Yamaha,” added the Valentino Rossi protege.

“So we are working on it and we found something great. If we have to lose speed on the straights, we prefer to have more agility and stability.”

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