Minichamps MIN062031495 2003 Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP Bike - Loris Capirossi, "Dirty Version" (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: Wikipedia)
Pictured here is a 1:6 scale replica of a "dirtied" 2003 Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP Bike that was driven by Loris Capirossi. This gorgeous replica features a working suspension and a detachable kickstand.
Length: 12 inches
Height: 7 inches
Historical Account: "Capirossi Rides" - Born on April 4th, 1973, in Castel San Pietro Terme, Bologna, Italy, Loris Capirossi is an Italian Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, who currently rides for the factory Ducati MotoGP team. He is a former 250cc World Champion for Aprilia.
In 2003, he joined Ducati, taking their first win at Barcelona and 4th overall, before a slightly disappointing 2004 on a bike with huge straight line speed but a lack of grip. Still, he stayed on the bike more often than team-mate Troy Bayliss, and thus stayed in the team for a 2005 season which saw him become competitive by the end of the year, aided by improving Bridgestone tires.
Capirossi and Ducati started the 2006 season with a striking victory and he had a second place in both the French and Italian grand prix, tying for first in Moto GP points with American Nicky Hayden. However, he was caught up in a multiple bike collision at the start at Barcelona, missing the restart and losing championship ground to Hayden. Though he was knocked out in this horrendous looking accident, he did not suffer very serious injuries beyond significant bruising. He returned for the next round, but a run of less competitive results saw him slip to 5th in the standings before the race at Brno. However, in this race he started 2nd, took the lead at the start, and pulled away from the field for an easy victory. He attributed this to a late setup change the team believe can be applied to the bike at all circuits.