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Ducati MotoGP Replica at the NEC International Motorcycle Show

MotoGP - or is it?, Kit turns 916 family - and MV Agusta - into Ducati GP looklike by MCN

Ducati's MotoGP contender hasn't hit the track in anger yet, but a British firm is already offering a road going replica of the Desmosedici.

QB Carbon has created the kit and any owner of the 916 and its derivatives (from 748 to 998) can take advantage. The kit will aslo fit an MV Agusta F4, even though it has an inline four layout rather than the v-twin engine of the 916.

QB Carbon's John Merrill said: "When we first saw the MotoGP bike we loved it. I'm sure we are not alone. There are thousands of Ducati owners and with this kit they can update their bikes without having to spend a fortune. We spent ages building clay models to get it just right.

QB Carbon MotoGP Replica Ducati

It has taken more then three months to develop. QB has been meticulous in copying the Duke, even down to the position of the air intakes. "This bike is the centre point of our stand at the NEC Show and we wanted it to be really special," said Merrill. "It has been a tricky and long job but the final result is worth it."

According to Merrill the hardest part was getting the underseat exhaust to fit. It is a totally different shape from the traditional 916-style underseat-exiting exhausts. And the seat unit is smaller. For the MotoGP look a new sub-frame had to be built to house the pipe, finding new positions for the bike's electronic brain and wiring, usually located under the seat.
There is also a version of the kit which retains the standard pipes. Merrill said of it: "There's something about it that looks so right."

The kit can be bought in a series of stages. The fairing is available in either glass-fibre or carbon and QB can have it painted in whichever design you want at an extra cost. The resculpted tank comes only in carbon and you will have to buy a new sub-frame if you want to fit the GP seat unit and exhaust system.

QB Carbon MotoGP replica Ducati and MV Agusta

If you fancy the combination of MotoGP-style four-cylinder power and the look of the Ducati, you can bolt the QB Carbon kit to an MV Agusta F4.

QB have been racing this MV in the Btitish KRC Endurance championship and finished a very respectable third overall, against R1's, Fireblades and GSX-R1000s. It has a carbon sub-frame, Ducati MotoGP-style fairing and under-seat exhaust, a larger tank and airbox, and PFM discs with a Magura master cylinder. The swingarm, yokes and wheels are magnesium and the steering damper and shock are Ohlins. The blueprinted engine makes 130bhp at the rear wheel and will wheelie off the throttle in the first three gears.