Ducati found itself under the spotlight quite a lot lately, thanks to the improvements shown on track on one hand, because it became the latest target of the Honda’s rage on the other. The Japanese Constructor is making a common front against the Italian Factory, accused of having betrayed the spirit of the Open rules . As if the situation were not intricate enough, Dorna, out of the blue, came out with a disconcerting hypothesis: another (it would be the third option for the same class) set of rules, a Factory 2 new option. In case an Open bike becomes too much competitive and achieves multiple podiums or a victory, it would be considered a “Factory 2” bike and therefore deprived of one litre and half of fuel capacity and of three engines.
Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati MotoGP Project Director, defends the Italian Constructor’s choices. “ We never kept either our decision or our reasons secret – spiega – The actual regulations offer two options and we chose the least restrictive for us considering the work we need to do”.
You have been accused of going against the cutting-costs’ Open aim.