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Ducati MotoGP machine to use new Ohlins forks

Article posted: 13/01/2011 11:53:43
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Stoner had real headaches with the Ducati front end last yearStoner had real headaches with the Ducati front end last year

The 2011 Ducati Desmosedici bike will use newly-designed Ohlins forks in a bid to rectify the front end problems that plagued last season.

Ducati endured a difficult campaign in 2010, with riders Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner frequently losing grip on the front wheel and crashing out of races as a result.

A new Ohlins suspension system has therefore been designed to work with the bike's chassis and improve traction at the front of the bike.

Ducati team manager Vito Guareschi told Autosport that the new bike will use smaller-diameter Ohlins forks.

"Ohlins are making a new fork that is really a blend between the 2008 fork and the 2010 one. The new forks that we will get for the first test in Sepang will be 42mm for the GP11," he said.

Valentino Rossi joins the team for the 2011, with the nine-time champion having ended his seven-year relationship with Yamaha.

Posted by Marcus Blackburn