In both MotoGP and WSBK the Ducatis seem to be faster in a straight line than their competitors. I know they are fantastic engineers and very innovative, but I wonder could the desmodromic valve system that they use be one of the reasons for their speed advantage?
I think that they have a patent on it and is this the reason why no other team uses the system? I am not certain but the other teams I think use pneumatic valves.
Does their desmo system really give them a big advantage?
I also thought that some car engines have used desmo systems in the past, did the Cosworth DFV use a desmo system? So does Ducati have a patent for all desmos or only a specific version or have they licenced it for use in car engines?
It would be very interesting to find out.