DU CAT I‘ LUNCH BOX’ PROMPTS SPECULATION
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?