Ducati has confirmed that a substantially revised version of its Desmosedici MotoGP machine will debut at this weekend's Aragon round.

The changes - believed to include the chassis and engine - will be the biggest since the start of the season and a stepping stone towards new Ducati Corse general manager Gig Dall'Igna's full 2015 re-design, to be seen in testing at Sepang next February.

According to a Ducati statement, Andrea Dovizioso and 2015 factory team-mate Andrea Iannone (currently at Pramac) "were able to shakedown the 'evolution' version of their Desmosedici, called GP14.2, for the first time" during a private test at Mugello on Tuesday.

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"The two Italian riders will continue to test the bike during the Arag?n race weekend," the statement added.

The changes will therefore not be made available to Dovizioso's present team-mate Cal Crutchlow, who is leaving for LCR Honda at the end of the season.

Dovizioso is fifth in the world championship, with two podiums, and needs just two more points to match his entire 2013 tally.


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NineTimes: Open class was open to all factories, but Honda was so scared that Ducati with a mere $50m beat Honda with nearly $1bn budget.[\blockquote]

Ducati spends about €30 million / annum on its race activities, including both MotoGP and WSB. Before you hit the disagree button you can check this out in the Ducati Corse published accounts for 2013.
Yamaha is believed to spend around $45 million, and Honda $100 million.
So whilst Honda does outspend the others the figures are nowhere near the exaggerated figures claimed here.
And a significant proportion of costs are recovered from sponsors. Again from the Ducati Corse accounts, 85% of the spend is covered by sponsors meaning the real cost to Ducati is around €4.5 million. It couldn't be anything much more than that for a company that manufactures around 40,000 motorcycles per annum.

It's good to see that Ducati appears to be making genuine progress.
Race by race they are getting closer to the front and seem now to consistently be the 'best of the rest' after the Repsol Hondas and Factory Yamahas.
Hopefully the GP15 will prove to be a real contender next season.