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ADV NewsDesmo450 MX: Meet Ducati’s New Desmo-Powered Dirtbike

Desmo450 MX: Meet Ducati’s New Desmo-Powered Dirtbike

A first in the motocross segment.

Published on 01.23.2024

After several teasers, Ducati has finally dropped the cover off its all-new motocross bike called the Desmo450 MX, giving us our first look at the Italian manufacturer’s off-road weapon completely unobscured. The prototype shown is draped in the racing livery it will sport in competition this year and opens up a new chapter for the brand which will include a complete range of off-road motorcycles available on the market in the next few years.

One of the most intriguing features of the new machine is its 450cc powerplant which includes Ducati’s renowned desmodromic valve system, used on all their sports bikes, including MotoGP. A first in the motocross segment, desmo valves eliminate the need for springs and allow for a higher-rev ceiling without valve float issues. “We can’t wait to see the Desmo in all its potential at work off the asphalt,” says the Bologna-based manufacturer.

Ducati Demo450 MX dirt bike unveiled

The engine is housed in a double-cradle frame suspended on top-of-the-line Showa upside-down forks and a monoshock out back. Keeping things rolling is a set of 21”/19” Takasago Excel wheels shod with Pirelli MX 32 knobby tires, while stopping duties are carried out by a Brembo system. Other visible components include a double-sided aluminum swingarm, an Akrapovic exhaust and D.I.D chain. Not much more is known about the new bike as Ducati is yet to provide full specs, so far only revealing it will have “a very broad power delivery curve.”

Ducati Demo450 MX dirt bike unveiled
Ducati Demo450 MX dirt bike unveiled

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As for when the Desmo450 MX will be available to the masses, Ducati says it will go into production in the second half of 2025. The target of this first season of racing is mainly to acquire data and information to contribute to the development of the motocross bike. It will be Alessandro Lupino who will take part in all the rounds of the Italian Championship, as well as in an intense testing program, in which he will be joined by Antonio Cairoli.

Ducati Demo450 MX dirt bike unveiled
Ducati Demo450 MX dirt bike unveiled

The race debut of the Ducati Desmo450 MX is planned for March 16 and 17 in Mantua for the first round of the Italian Motocross Pro Prestige MX1 Championship.

Author: ADV Pulse Staff
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pennswoodsed
pennswoodsed
January 23, 2024 3:02 pm

Maybe it’s only me but why a competition mx bike ? Who’s influence caused this !

Paul
Paul
January 24, 2024 1:40 am
Reply to  pennswoodsed

Why not? Ducati have World Superbike and MotoGP titles and success, so MX is clearly something they want to also win titles in. I’m a big MX fan and have been for 40+ years, right back to the days of deCoster and Noyce – it’s great to see another manufacturer come into World MX, especially with this Desmo engine

Quin
Quin
February 1, 2024 10:42 pm

Chain tension – take it to your dealer haha – Parts list prices will be hilarious – judging by the Dealer- reality. Use the most expensive 3rd party suspension, exhaust and parts then say it’s a Ducati – not really – but hey – owing a Ducati is 95% fantasy and marketing…

Paul
Paul
February 2, 2024 1:39 am
Reply to  Quin

You have no idea what you’re talking about. Of course it has top grade- Showa – suspension, why wouldn’t it? Showa is used by, among others, Honda on their MX bikes – why would Ducati do otherwise? They’re proven units. As for taking it to a dealer for chain tension- get real, it’s a race bike!! Of course anyone racing this will have the knowledge to do virtually all the maintenance themselves- as with all MX bikes, it will come with a limited warranty. And it’s 100% Ducati – unless you know any other manufacturer using a Desmo engine?

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