Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi are reunited again; the Titans are back together, with team Ducati in MotoGP. This pairing of riders with the winning team is ready to storm the 2011 MotoGP race season. The riders have just completed attending Wrooom and the gathering went off great.
Rider Nicky Hayden commented at the Vroom news conference “This my third year with Ducati,” Nicky continued “The start was a little bit difficult, but it’s gotten better and better since I’ve been on this team and on this bike. We’ve grown a lot, the bike has improved, and my relationship with the team has improved. We made a big step from the first year to the second, and I’d like to do the same this year. We know we have a good bike.”
Rider Valentino Rossi stated “…it’s going to be quite a race to have decent fitness in time for the first test. My recovery is exactly on schedule, but it’s long: we’re working hard to at least recover mobility in my shoulder, which I’ll need to ride the bike well and to be able to fit behind the windscreen. I won’t be able to be in top form for the first test in Malaysia, because it will be impossible to regain full strength, but I hope to be able to have a good seating position. The doctors assured me that the shoulder will return to 100% in a few months.”
The Titans and team Ducati will be the team to watch in the upcoming 2011 MotoGP season.
Ducati MotoGP Team consists of:
- Alessandro Cicognani – MotoGP Project Director
- Vittoriano Guareschi – Team Manager
- Massimo Bartolini – Team Technical Manager
- Francesco Rapisarda – Communication Director
- Federica De Zottis – MotoGP Press Manager
- Chris Jonnum – MotoGP Press Officer
- Amedeo Costa – Team Coordinator
- Paola Braiato – Administration, Logistics & Hospitality Manager
- Mauro Grassilli – Sponsor Account
- Luigi Mitolo – MotoGP Reliability Manager
- Davide Baraldini – Warehouse and Components
- Valentino Rossi – Rider
- Jeremy Burgess – Crew Chief
- Matteo Flamigni – Track Engineer
- Gabriele Conti – Electronics Engineer
- Alex Briggs – Mechanic
- Bernard Ansiau – Mechanic
- Brenth Stephens – Mechanic
- Gary Coleman – Mechanic
- Mark Elder – Mechanic
- Roberto Brivio – Crew Coordinator
- Nicky Hayden – Rider
- Juan Martínez – Crew Chief
- Roberto Bonazzi – Track Engineer
- José Manuel Cazeaux – Electronics Engineer
- Davide Manfredi – Chief Mechanic
- Massimo Mirano – Mechanic
- Pedro Calvet Caralt – Mechanic
- Lorenzo Canestrari – Mechanic
- Luca Romano – Mechanic
- Emanuele Mazzini – Crew Coordinator
DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP11 Technical Specifications
- Engine – 799cc liquid-cooled, 90 degree V4 four-stroke, desmodromic DOHC, four valves per cylinder.
- Maximum power – more than 200hp
- Maximum speed – in excess of 310 kph/192 mph
- Transmission – Six-speed cassette-type gearbox, with alternative gear ratios available. Dry multiplate slipper clutch. Chain final drive.
- Carburation – Indirect Magneti Marelli electronic injection, four throttle bodies with injectors above butterfly valves. Throttles operated by EVO TCF (Throttle Control & Feedback) system.
- Fuel – Shell Racing V-Power
- Lubricant – Shell Advance Ultra 4
- Ignition – Magneti Marelli
- Exhaust – Termignoni
- Final Drive – Regina Chain
- Suspension – Öhlins upside-down 48mm front forks and Öhlins rear shock absorber, adjustable for preload, compression and rebound damping.
- Tires – Bridgestone 16.5″ front and rear
- Brakes – Brembo, two 320mm carbon front discs with four-piston callipers. Single stainless steel rear disc with two-piston callipers.
- Dry weight – 150kg / 330lbs
Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com