Mar 2

MotoGP: Ducati Confirms 2014 ‘Open’ Class Participation

Ducati has switched to the 'Open' class for 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

has switched to the ‘Open’ class for 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ducati Team riders and will compete in the 2014 World Championship on ‘Open’ class configured Desmosedici machines.

Ducati believe the ‘Open’ option gives them more freedom for evolution during 2014 and state that they will keep developing their bikes during the championship to improve competitiveness.

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Feb 11

MotoGP: Ducati Still Pondering Switch To ‘Open’ Spec Bikes

Ducati Team's Italian rider Andrea Dovizioso steers his bike during the first MotoGP pre-season testing session at the Sepang circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Team’s Italian rider steers his bike during the first pre-season testing session at the circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

One of the significant topics of discussion during MotoGP testing last week was whether or not Ducati will be switching all of its premier class bikes to Open specification for the upcoming 2014 campaign.

The label ‘Open’ is new this year and is given to those bikes running the spec ECU software (as provided by Dorna Sports and Magneti Marelli) as well as the ECU hardware, which from this season onwards is compulsory for all bikes in the field.

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Feb 7

MotoGP: Nicky Hayden Says ‘Lack Of Power Is Demoralizing’

Nicky Hayden of USA and Drive M7 Aspar rounds the bend during the MotoGP Tests in Sepang. (Photo: Getty Images)

of USA and Drive M7 rounds the bend during the Tests in . (Photo: Getty Images)

Nicky Hayden was somewhat outspoken following the third and final day of this week’s Sepang test, having finished proceedings in 13th position.

For 2014, the 2006 World Champion switches from Team to , riding the all-new Honda RCV1000R motorcycle. However, the American admitted to feeling rather dissatisfied on Thursday.

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Nov 3

MotoGP: Hayden Opens Up In Candid Interview

Nicky Hayden will move from Ducati to Aspar next season. (Photo: Getty Images)

will move from to next season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nicky Hayden admits that he is not happy with the results he has had during his stint with Ducati, and is ready for a fresh start with Power Electronics Aspar next season.

Since his move to Ducati in 2009, the American has only scored three podium finishes and has failed to finish better than seventh in the championship standings.

“If I’m completely honest, I look back and don’t say it with regrets, but I can’t really be happy about the five years,” Hayden said in a sit-down interview with Gavin Emmett. “Results wise, it just wasn’t enough. That’s bitter. There will definitely be a little bitter taste in my mouth that we couldn’t accomplish more, especially in the last year or two.”

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Oct 10

MotoGP: Ducati Appoints Gigi Dall’Igna From Aprilia Team

MotoGP: Ducati Appoint Gigi Dall'Igna From Aprilia Team

A move by Gigi Dall’Igna to has been expected for a while. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ducati has moved to arrest the embarrassing decline with its program by poaching acclaimed engineer Gigi Dall’Igna from Italian rival Aprilia.

The appointment of Dall’Igna has been rumored for some time and is clearly welcomed by incoming Ducati rider who joins the team in 2014.

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