With the new era of 800cc MotoGP well underway, our spies in the paddock have managed to snap some pictures of the new bikes. Here is a sampling from the first few races of '07.
The Ducati Desmosedicis have shown incredible straight-line speed, and Australian Casey Stoner used that to his advantage to win three of the first six races. At Mugello, one of the fastest circuits on the calendar, the four Ducatis (Stoner and Loris Capirossi on the factory entries, Alex Barros and Alex Hoffman on the Pramac d'Antin bikes) were fastest, with Stoner reaching 201 mph, just 7 mph shy of the fastest speed carded at the same track in '06 by a 990cc machine. The frame consists of short tubes running from the steering head to each cylinder bank of the V4 engine and a large carbon-fiber subframe mounting to the swingarm pivot (that mounts to the crankcases) and the rear of the engine.