It’s not the first time KERS systems have been tried
If Ducati are experimenting with regenerative braking, it would not be the first time that such a system has appeared in Grand Prix racing – KTM ran a similar device on their 125 machines back in 2008.
A number of riders tested the system out for the Austrian manufacturer back in the final days of the lightweight class, with Marc Marquez among the racers to take to track with the prototype.
However, the project’s greatest success came in the final race of the year, when Japanese rider Tommy Koyama utilised the system to make a lightning start from fifteenth to eventually finish seventh.
Falling foul of the rule book, KTM were forced to withdraw the system before the FIM recanted and admitted that there was no specific ruling against it, resulting in then-team technical director Harald Bartol lashing out at the race organisers.
Speaking back in 2009, Bartol said: “They try to give racing a new green image, and then they ban the technology to do it. They never ask about the cost. They never ask how it worked. Then after the race they came to inspect us to see if we were using it. I said to them, you would not even know where to look for it. They are destroying young engineers with this conservatism.”
‘ They try to give racing a green image, then they ban the tech’ HARALD BARTOL
Marquez tried KERS in his 125 years