The brand new marketing campaign begins this weekend in Qatar with the primary of a file 21 races, with many of the riders having had simply 5 days of pre-season testing this yr.
Ducati is anticipated to be one of many principal gamers within the championship battle in 2022, with Bagnaia coming into the yr having completed final yr runner-up within the factors to Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo.
The Italian marque appeared to make a strong begin to the yr with its 2022 machine in testing, although its riders famous the ability supply of the brand new engine was a bit bit aggressive.
Autosport understands Bagnaia has determined to discard the 2022 engine in favour of an up to date 2021-spec unit on the eve of the 2022 Qatar Grand Prix.
Ducati will modify its 2022 bike to suit the earlier yr’s engine.
Because of the technical laws in MotoGP, Bagnaia’s alternative means team-mate Jack Miller may also need to run final yr’s engine.
Jack Miller, Ducati Crew
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The engine each riders will now use was examined on the Mandalika check in February, and was dropped at Indonesia after the Malaysia check confirmed the 2022-spec motor was not sufficient of an enchancment over its predecessor.
With Ducati working as a non-concession producer, it’s not permitted to develop its engines through the season.
This implies the engine that will likely be homologated for the beginning of the 2022 season – which begins with FP1 on Friday in Qatar – will likely be frozen and can stay the identical specification all year long.
Solely the manufacturing facility duo of Miller and Bagnaia will run the now-hybrid 2021/2022 bike this season, with the factory-backed Pramac squad sticking with the 2022-spec engine.
VR46’s Luca Marini may also proceed with the 2022 engine on his manufacturing facility bike.
In whole Ducati will subject eight bikes in 2022 between the manufacturing facility squad, Pramac, VR46 and Gresini Racing.
It isn’t clear how up to date the 2021 engine is, because the items used final yr had been carried over from 2020 owing to cost-saving measures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.