Ducati MotoGP boss denies ‘two-frame’ rumour

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Ducati MotoGP sporting director Paolo Ciabatti has denied speculation the Bologna factory will make different frames to suit their riders’dindivisual styles in 2018.

After multiple world champion Jorge Lorenzo had his arse handed to him by Andrea Dovizioso last year, rumour of a two-frame system began to circulate as the Spaniard struggled to adapt his corner-speed style to the Desmosedici.

But Ciabatti has said this is simply not true and the GP18 will simply be an evolution of the bike Dovizoso took to second in the title chase.

“There will not be two frames. It is true that Jorge has more difficulty achieving good speed going into and through turns once he releases the brakes, but this is also a problem for Andrea who is more aggressive in this phase,” said Ciabatti.

“Any improvement will be beneficial to both, and the new frame will have sufficient possibilities for adjustment to allow it. The GP18 will not copy Honda and it has not been revolutionised, but simply evolved. After all, in 2017 we won six Grand Prix races and we were contenders for the championship title down to the end.”

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