Ducati are already developing the bikes they’ll be racing in MotoGP in the year 2017. These lean, slim, energy-efficient racers feature an ultra-stiff chassis made of balsa wood, lightweight titanium-spoke Campagnolo wheels, sticky Pirelli tyres and a 20-speed transmission.
There is no internal combustion engine powering these Ducati MotoGP bikes – the rider provides all the motive power. Ducati test rider Troy Bayliss has already posted some pretty impressive lap times – worryingly close to those turned in by current 800cc MotoGP machines on most circuits!
Like with the 990cc Desmosedici RR, Ducati are also planning street-going replicas of their human-powered MotoGP bikes. These should be in showrooms within the next decade, and prices are expected to be pegged at around the US$20,000 mark.
Scary, eh? Thank heavens then that it’s all so much BS… :-)
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