New Ducati Corse General Manager Luigi Dall'Igna believes he has 'started on the right foot' following his first day in his new role with the struggling factory MotoGP team.

Dall'Igna jumped ship from Aprilia to take over at Ducati as the Italian manufacturer aims to turn around its fortunes after a difficult few years in the world championship.

Britain's Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso will spearhead Ducati's line-up in 2014 and Dall'Igna has been impressed with what he's witnessed so far.

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"This was my first day at the track as General Manager of Ducati Corse, and I'm getting to know and appreciate the working situation here," he said.

"I already had an idea from the few days I spent in Borgo Panigale, because there, too, I found the technical level to be very high and the staff to have a lot of potential.

"Today we began the practical part that will help us to begin working on the bike and define a strategy that will enable Ducati to improve and return to a competitive level," he added.

"It's still early to say anything about time scales and preparing more detailed plans, but I think we're starting on the right foot."

Dovizioso, meanwhile, tested a new fairing on the Desmosedici as he competed 36 laps in Valencia, setting the fifth fastest time ahead of team-mate Crutchlow.

"Today we tried the new front fairing, and the outcome was positive because the bike wheelies less than before," he said.

"We also did two tests with the setup to give some feedback to Gigi on several aspects that he wanted to check.

"For today, we focused on those things, and tomorrow we'll continue checking some other stuff."