What do we know about the engine? Well of course it’s got its genesis in the GP15’s V4. Like all Ducati engines in recent memory, there’s a Desmodromic valve train, using cam-operated rockers to close the valves as well as to open them, eliminating the possibility of valve float. Other GP bike makers resort to pneumatic valves to achieve the same result, but they’re not viable for a mass-made bike, so Ducati has an edge on that front.
Where the GP engine uses gear-driven camshafts, there are indications that the road version will use cam chains, like the Panigale, to help reduce costs. After all, this bike will need to be less than half the price of the old Desmosedici RR if it’s to step into the Panigale’s shoes.