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.

While in 2014 all bikes in the championship – Factory and Open – use exactly the same Magneti Marelli ECU, the ‘Open’ option also includes the use of standard software.

Ducati, after carefully considering the two options, has decided that the most suitable one for the current needs of the Bologna-based manufacturer is the Open one, which gives the possibility to the race department to continue the development of the bike and the engine throughout the entire season.

Recent tests carried out in by Crutchlow and Dovizioso, gave a positive feedback to the Ducati engineers and therefore, on the deadline of February 28, both riders have been entered into the championship with their Desmosedici GP14 bikes selecting the Open option.

The other Ducati contracted rider, Andrea Iannone, will also race for Pramac Racing Team with the same bike and option as the Ducati Team riders.

Luigi Dall’Igna, Ducati Corse General Manager, commented: “We have carefully studied the new technical regulations and have concluded that the Open option is the most interesting for Ducati, in the current situation. This year we have to keep developing our bikes throughout the season to improve our competitiveness, and the Factory option appears to be too restrictive for our needs. We are confident that the electronics package provided by Magneti Marelli and DORNA has very good quality and will allow the correct management of all the main functions of the bikes.”

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