Ducati has confirmed that the new Open class version of its Desmosedici MotoGP machine will debut later this month.
Pramac, Ducati's satellite team, is retaining Andrea Iannone and Yonny Hernandez for the 2014 season, but swapping Hernandez to the revised privateer class.
A Ducati spokesman told Crash.net
that the Open Desmosedici has not yet been on track, with Hernandez due to complete the first laps during a private test at Jerez from November 27-29.
Honda and Yamaha are also providing new machinery for the Open category. However the Ducati is likely to be closest to 'Factory' spec, featuring only the minimum of modifications needed - in other words the complete standard ECU system.
That in turns allows four litres of extra fuel per race and twelve rather than five engines changes during the year, relative to the Factory bikes.
Hernandez began his second MotoGP season with PBM, swapping over to Pramac in place of the injured Ben Spies for the closing five rounds. The Colombian claimed a best result of tenth on the GP13, having injured his hand at Phillip Island.
Iannone will continue to ride a Factory specification machine next season, alongside official Ducati Team riders Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso.