How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike
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How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike

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His third place at Misano made Enea Bastianini the fifth different Ducati-mounted rider to score a podium in 2021. Amid a season that has seen one rider amass the bulk of Yamaha and Honda's success, the Ducati's versatility makes for a potent weapon, but the contribution of a former leading light shouldn't be forgotten

The importance that Ducati gives to its satellite teams and former team leader Andrea Dovizioso's efforts to improve the cornering ability of the latest Desmosedici mean that the Italian brand now has the most versatile bike on the MotoGP grid, capable of reaching the podium with up to five different riders.

The champagne that was uncorked in the Avintia garage last Sunday after the MotoGP race was more than justified considering what was being celebrated. Enea Bastianini had just climbed a podium for the first time since his promotion to the premier class this season.

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