Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso heads for this weekend's German MotoGP looking to reverse the recent advantage gained by their rivals.
Dovizioso was within six-seconds of victory in the opening three rounds on the all-new GP15, but the top Ducati has only been within six-seconds of the winner once in the five events since.
Top Ducati: Margin to victory
Qatar: +0.174s (Dovizioso, 2nd)
Austin: +2.354s (Dovizioso, 2nd)
Argentina: +5.685s (Dovizioso, 2nd)
Jerez: +27.021s (Iannone, 6th)
Le Mans: +12.380s (Dovizioso, 3rd)
Mugello: +5.563s (Iannone, 2nd)
Catalunya: +24.925s (Iannone, 4th)
Assen: +19.109s (Iannone 4th)
“In the last couple of races maybe we have lost a bit of speed compared to our rivals,” Dovizioso confirmed. “Even though my team-mate did a good job at Assen, he could only cross the finish-line some way behind the leaders. The impression is that our adversaries have improved their performance and increased the gap.
“However every circuit has its different characteristics, and we will try and get closer at the Sachsenring. I think the German circuit is a bit short and narrow for MotoGP bikes, but the GP15 is proving to be competitive at every circuit and we must continue to work to try and get the best possible result every weekend.”
Dovizioso finished eighth at the Sachsenring last season, when team-mate Iannone took fifth place for the Pramac team.
“The Assen race went quite well and I managed to score a good fourth place. Now we're off to Sachsenring for the next round, which is a bit of a strange track, short but really nice,” said the Italian.
“Last year with the GP14 it didn't go badly, but this year I'm convinced I can do better because I'm in the factory team and the GP15 is very competitive. I hope it will be a good weekend and as always I'll be giving 100% for me and my team.”