By Edgar Jessop
Image by Ducati Corse
Ducati have today released the first pictures of Valentino Rossi’s MotoGP colour scheme which he will use for the most of next year, save for the doubtless special editions that are bound to surface at Mugello etc. The Desmosedici GP12 is, erm, very red and yellow but not as horrible as his leathers.
Here comes the science:
Engine: four-stroke, 90-degree V4, liquid cooled, desmodromic double shaft overhead cam, four-valves per cylinder
Maximum power: more than 200bhp
Maximum speed: more 310km/h
Transmission: six-speed extractable Exchange,with alternative gear ratios available. Chain final drive
Clutch: Dry multi-plate slipper clutch.
Supply: Magneti Marelli indirect electronic injection, four throttle bodies with injectors above butterfly valves. Throttles operated by EVO TCF (Throttle Control & Feedback).
Fuel: Shell V-Power Racing
Lubricant: Shell Advance Ultra 4
Ignition: Magneti Marelli
Final drive: Chain Regina
Chassis: Carbon fibre
Suspension: Öhlins 48mm upside-down and Öhlins rear shock, adjustable for preload, compression and rebound damping
Tyres: Bridgestone, front and rear 16.5in
Brakes: Brembo, two 320mm carbon front discs with four-piston calipers. Single stainless steel rear disc with dual-piston caliper.
Dry weight: 150kg