Minichamps MIN062020099 2002 Ducati Desmosedici Infostrada Test Bike (1:6 Scale)
"I get a call from Ducati asking if I was interested in the ride. I didn't need asking twice...!"
- Troy Bayliss, after being approached by the Ducati Factory to replace the injured "King Carl" Fogarty
Ducati abandoned the Grand Prix racing scene at the start of the 1970s. For many years the 500 class was essentially a class for two-stroke bikes, an engineering technology that was far removed from the four-stroke road-going machines sold by Ducati. Technical rules changed in 2002, giving priority to four-stroke machinery and turning the 500 class of World Road Racing into the MotoGP Championship. This convinced Ducati to make a much-awaited return to the track in the new MotoGP class.
Ducati history is classically based on V-Twin engines, using desmodromic valve technology. Initially, Ducati considered the possibility of creating a MotoGP 'super-twin', taking advantage of the MotoGP regulations that give twin-cylinder machines a considerable weight reduction over four, five or six-cylinder bikes. However, analysis indicated that a twin-cylinder engine would not have been able to produce the required amount of power (more than 230 HP), without excessively increasing the number of revs. A Twin would have had to rev at over 17,000 rpm, but this would require a very short stroke and a very large bore, as a result producing possible combustion problems.
The basis of the design of the Desmosedici engine therefore is two classical Ducati V-Twins next to each other, making a V-Four. With four valves per cylinder, the total number of valves is sixteen - Desmosedici means desmo sixteen in Italian.
Design had started in 2001 with Alan Jenkins, the bike was unveiled at the 2002 Italian GP at Mugello, for use in the following seasons MotoGP series. Vittoriano Guareschi, the Ducati Corse test-rider, followed every phase of the Desmosedici's development process from early testing to track debut and the project's evolution. (courtesy: Wikopedia)
Pictured here is a 1:6 scale replica of a test version of the 2002 Ducati Desmosedici Infostrada superbike. Features a working suspension, highly detailed components, and detachable kickstand. Sold Out!
Length: 12 inches
Height: 7 inches