16 February 2015
MotoGP: 'Completely new’ GP15 can win for Ducati
“Our aim this year is very ambitious, because we want to win at least one race” - Gigi Dall'Igna, Ducati Corse General Manager.
Ducati Corse general manager Gigi Dall'Igna believes the new Desmosedici GP15 can claim the factory's first MotoGP victory since 2010.
The much-anticipated machine, the first to be fully designed by Dall'Igna, was revealed at a special launch ceremony in Bologna on Monday.
“The Desmosedici GP15 that will make its debut in the next test in Malaysia is a completely new bike, different to the one we used two weeks ago in Sepang, even though certain aspects of the aerodynamics are quite similar,” explained Dall'Igna, whose riders Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone used an interim 'GP14.3' at the first Sepang test.
“With the GP14.3 we have made some major progress with the software, which will be easy to switch over to the GP15, but also steps forward in the suspension, chassis and engine departments. The GP15 will start with the same settings as the GP14.3, but it will have many more possibilities for adjustment.
“Our aim this year is very ambitious, because we want to win at least one race. We know that it is an extremely tough objective, but we are used to accepting the most difficult of challenges.
“Last year we said that we wanted to reduce the gap to the winner to less than ten seconds. This was also an ambitious challenge, but we achieved it in the second half of the championship.
“Winning a race means finishing ahead of two giants like Honda and Yamaha and their four riders, who are for sure four of the strongest, but this in any case is our aim and we know we can count on Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone, who in my opinion are capable of fighting on equal terms with their adversaries.”
Ducati made a podium return last season with three rostrums for Dovizioso and former team-mate Cal Crutchlow.
However the closest Ducati came to victory in terms of time was a fourth place for Dovizioso at Misano, when he was 5.5s from winner Valentino Rossi.
Dovizioso was also under ten seconds at the British Grand Prix, crossing the line in fifth, 9.2s from Marc Marquez.
Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, added: “The spirit that I have seen during these last few months in Ducati Corse re-minds me of the same enthusiasm with which the MotoGP project got underway in 2003.
"The new GP15, which is really quite revolutionary in many of its concepts, best represents the pride and the desire to win of everyone in Ducati Corse, and whom I would really like to thank for their efforts.
"I personally followed the final phases of starting the engine on the dyno, the first tests, the performance checking of the new engine, the assembly of the bike and starting it for the first time and I witnessed an emotional feeling and extraordinary devotion.
"We are only at the start but I am sure that the results will soon reward our efforts."
Ducati's most recent MotoGP victory was with Casey Stoner at the 2010 Australian Grand Prix.
A dry win this year would result in Ducati losing half of its potential four-litres of extra race fuel - the same applies to Suzuki and Aprilia, which also have the Open class concessions.
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