DU CAT I‘ LUNCH BOX’ PROMPTS SPEC­U­LA­TION

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Du­cati have a long his­tory of push­ing tech­ni­cal bound­aries and in­tro­duc­ing rev­o­lu­tion­ary de­signs. They were the first to in­tro­duce the now out­lawed wings on their bike and at the Sepang test they once again got the pad­dock talk­ing thanks to a new un­der-the-seat unit on its test rid­ers Michele Pirro and Casey Stoner’s GP17 machines.

The new unit ex­tends the space un­der the seat unit down­wards. When Du­cati boss Gigi Dall’igna was asked what it was for or what it con­tained, he re­mained tight-lipped. But that didn’t stop the spec­u­la­tion.

A num­ber of the­o­ries de­vel­oped in­clud­ing the bike’s elec­tron­ics (usu­ally lo­cated be­hind the head­stock) be­ing moved back to al­low the fuel tank to be placed fur­ther for­ward and over the front of the bike to aid in wheelie con­trol now that the wings have been out­lawed. An­other the­ory was that it con­tained an ad­vanced gy­ro­scopic de­vice de­signed to re­strict wheel­ies by spin­ning in the op­po­site di­rec­tion to the way the bike is trav­el­ling.

It may also have aero­dy­namic ad­van­tages, aid­ing to tidy up the air­flow off the bike and close the slip­stream­ing ‘bub­ble.’ Or it could be a small packed lunch...

What’s in­side Du­cati’s mystery box?

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