Following all the hype regarding the presentation of Ducati’s GP12s new livery, according to Ducati’s president Gabriele Del Torchio 96,000 people ended up watching today’s live presentation on TIM’s Facebook page of the Desmosedici GP12 from the Ducati Auditorium at Borgo Panigale. With new tech regulations coming in this year, the GP12 is powered by a 90-degree, Desmodromic, 1,000cc DOHC V4 that produces 230 horsepower. With a dry weight of 157 kilos, the Desmosedici GP12 can hit a top speed of more than 330km/h.

All-new bits on the GP12 include Ducati Seamless Transmission (DST), on which we hope to get more details soon, and aluminium twin-spar chassis in place of last year’s carbonfibre monocoque frame. The bike’s Magneti Marelli electronic fuel injection operates via four throttle bodies and the throttle is operated and controlled via Ducati’s new EVO TCF (Throttle Control and Feedback) system. A 48mm inverted fork at the front and and single shock absorber at the back, both Öhlins units, handle suspension duties and are fully adjustable for preload, compression and rebound damping. The Ducati GP12 rides on 16.5-inch wheels shod with Bridgestone rubber and braking duties are taken care of by twin 320mm Brembo carbon brake discs at front, with four-piston calipers, and single stainless steel disc at the back, with a two-piston caliper.

The event was hosted by Valerio Staffelli, a well know Italian satiric TV reporter and we have for you the first pics of the new and much more sobre tricolore livery on Valentino Rossi’s and Nicky Hayden’s bikes. The paint scheme closely resembles that of the Panigale S Tricolore, with green flashes joining the familiar red and white paint from previous years.

For more photographs visit the 2012 Ducati Desmosedici GP12 image gallery.

DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP12 Technical Specifications

Engine: Liquid-cooled, 90 degree V4 four-stroke, desmodromic DOHC, four valves per cylinder

Capacity: 1,000cc

Maximum power: More than 230hp

Maximum speed: In excess of 330 km/h (205 mph)

Transmission: Ducati Seamless Transmission (DST). Chain final drive

Carburation: Indirect Magneti Marelli electronic injection, four throttle bodies with injectors above butterfly valves

Throttles operated by EVO TCF (Throttle Control & Feedback) system

Fuel: Shell Racing V-Power

Lubricant: Shell Advance Ultra 4

Ignition: Magneti Marelli

Exhaust: Termignoni

Final Drive: D.I.D Chain

Frame: Aluminium

Suspension: Öhlins inverted 48mm fork and Öhlins shock absorber, adjustable for preload, compression and rebound damping

Tyres: Bridgestone 16.5″ front and rear

Brakes: Brembo, two 320mm carbon front discs with four-piston callipers. Single stainless steel rear disc with two-piston calliper

Dry weight: 157 kg (346 lbs.)


Filippo Preziosi: Ducati Corse General and Technical Director

Alessandro Cicognani: MotoGP Project Director

Vittoriano Guareschi: Team Manager

Fabiano Sterlacchini: Track Technical Coordinator

Massimo Bartolini: Track Performance Advisor

Francesco Rapisarda: Ducati Motor Holding Communications Director

Federica De Zottis: MotoGP Press Manager

Chris Jonnum: MotoGP Press Officer

Paola Braiato: Administration, Logistics & Hospitality Manager

Mauro Grassilli: Sponsor Accounts

Amedeo Costa: Team Coordinator

Davide Baraldini: Warehouse and Components

Alfredo Dente: Team Physiotherapist

Valentino Rossi

Jeremy Burgess: Crew Chief

Matteo Flamigni: Track Engineer

Gabriele Conti: Electronics Engineer

Alex Briggs: Mechanic

Bernard Ansiau: Mechanic

Brent Stephens: Mechanic

Gary Coleman: Mechanic

Mark Elder: Mechanic

Roberto Brivio: Crew Coordinator

Nicky Hayden

Juan Martínez: Crew Chief

Roberto Bonazzi: Track Engineer

José Manuel: Cazeaux Electronics Engineer

Davide Manfredi: Chief Mechanic

Massimo Mirano: Mechanic

Pedro Calvet: Caralt Mechanic

Lorenzo Canestrari: Mechanic

Luca Romano: Mechanic

Emanuele Mazzini: Crew Coordinator