Does anybody have an idea of the price tag for one of the MotoGP bikes?
I can't ever see Ducati breaking away from the V-Twin completely, no way.
However, with the success and popularity they've been having at MotoGP, it's appropriate for them to start spending some R&D money on branching off a lower cost V4 with street reliability. If they can efficiently (ie: low R&D costs) bring the production costs down along with increasing consumer reliability, not to mention how on earth they'd deal with emission nazi's. they'd probably enjoy a nice market.
I think it'd be more profitable in the short run to toss a 99X into the MotoGP body, dumb down the components a bit, and offer that to the consumer... like what Honda did between the RC211V and CBR600RR.
But then there's the race market, and that add's a whole lotta complexity of potential between MotoGP and the Streetbike consumer, so maybe there's better profits to concentrate there for a while (with the side effect of lowering costs and adding reliability for consumer's down the road...)
Ducati's MotoGP bike is so gosh dang pretty.