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Ducati Tests GP12, 250 hp Details Revealed

Friday, January 20, 2012
The saga of Ducati’s GP12 continues to generate news heading into the official MotoGP tests at the end of this month. While Ducati’s Technical Director Filippo Preziosi discussed the new GP12 at the factory team’s Wrooom festivities earlier this month, the racebike itself was notably absent.

Ducati Corse General Manager Filippo Preziosi  Ducati Motor Holding General Manager Claudio Domenicali and Valentino Rossi share a laugh.
Ducati's GP12 was a notable absence at the team's traditional annual unveiling at Wrooom.
Cut to this week. The Ducati Test Team headed to Jerez to “shake-down” the new GP12 with regular test rider Franco Battaini joined by reigning World Superbike champ Carlos Checa. Posts on Checa’s Twitter feed (@CarlosCheca7) gave the impression that Ducati muzzled its test crew during the private test. The official Ducati PR machine was tight-lipped as well, with just a terse press release issued on Thursday and no photos offered to the media. 

The Cardion AB squad must missed the memo on secrecy because the Ducati satellite spilled some of the technical beans with a press release issued on Friday. The Cardion AB PR confirms the move from the carbon fiber chassis to the more conventional “deltabox aluminum frame.” No surprise there, but the engine specs are more revelatory.

The Cardion AB team, which supports Czech rider Karel Abraham, claims 250 horsepower for the GP12, a 15 pony increase over the GP11. Max speed claims are listed too, with 360 km/h (223.7 mph) for the GP12 and 340 km/h (211.3 mph) for the GP11. The press release also sites a 999cc displacement for the Ducati V-Four, with the cylinders “formed in an angle of 90 degrees.”

Still no GP12 photos, but expect a full barrage in two week’s time. Factory teammates Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden will get their first taste of their new bike with the first winter test beginning January 31 at Sepang.

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Mel   January 23, 2012 09:42 PM
The specs are for the satellite bike not factory GP12... Cardoon AB is still using a 90 degree v config with 999cc, where as factory bike's new engine is supposedly having a narrower v degree to have greater placement flexibility in chassis... Funny thing is.. With the new GP being 90% new, how can they share new parts with satellite teams and that when Ducati are still mum about the specs, how can a satellite team speak about it.
Superlight   January 22, 2012 06:43 AM
Power wasn't Ducati's problem in 2011 - handling was, so any comments about reported power claims are pretty irrelevant.
ssalmons   January 21, 2012 04:52 AM
"Claimed" horsepower and "horsepower" are 2 very different things. If they went from 800cc to 1000cc and only gained 15 horsepower, they better get used to losing (more) this year.
Rucuss54   January 20, 2012 04:07 PM
The 2012 bikes will weigh 15 pounds more under the new regulations.. 250hp is kinda low for a high budget prototype engine, thought it would be in the 265hp+ range.
nieseba   January 20, 2012 03:14 PM
What is the Cardion AB team thinking by releasing this information? 15 more horsepower just means that Karel Abraham will crash even more often.