Andrea Dovizioso has revealed that Ducati have a more powerful engine for this weekend's Indianapolis MotoGP.

While Honda and Yamaha are locked into the same engine specification all season, Ducati is racing with the Open class benefits, which include twelve rather than five engine changes and no development freeze.

"I've made a good result here in the past and I hope to be a bit faster than in the first part of the season, also because we will have a new engine here with some more power, like in Mugello, for the longer main straight. So it can help us," said Dovizioso.

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The Italian signed a new two-year contract with Ducati during the summer break and is to be joined by Andrea Iannone in 2015, for the debut of Gigi Dall'Igna's redesigned Desmosedici.

"We fix the contract for two years so I'm really focused on this project, especially for next year with a new bike," said Dovizioso. "I will have a new team-mate next year. It will be interesting because Iannone is very fast and young. It will be a nice team to try to improve our speed. I'm really optimistic for the new bike."

Dovizioso's present team-mate, Cal Crutchlow, is moving to LCR Honda.

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You guys just don't get it do you?
The new 2015 bike IS a total re-design. CC will look pretty stupid if the new bike is a big step forward.
The new motor Ducati are running is shorter & more compact. That won't help the understeer issues until the re-designed frame to fit it comes resulting in moving the motor forward and tipping it backwards aka the RC213V.
But what running the new motor now WILL do is to test it repeatedly under race conditions. Then the team can iron out any issues and evolve it much quicker than they could ever do if they were just running it in a few test sessions.
Contrary to the declared 'wisdom' on this site, Ducati are not fools, they know where the problems lie and the new bike will be a big improvement on the current offering.

Great, just what Ducati need more power! That will really do a lot to help the understeer that plagues this motorcycle!