Ducati Corse general manager Gigi Dall’Igna spoke about the changes his team have made for the 2018 Ducati MotoGP machine during the team's launch in Bologna today.

The Italian also confirmed that the final version will not be ready for the forthcoming Sepang test.

"We have added some horsepower* to our engines and I'm sure the ridability will be easier," Dall’Igna said, of a bike that already holds the official MotoGP top speed record.

"You won't see the final model in Sepang, probably we will keep you waiting until the second or third race. We will be rigorous in the tests we carry out and cherry pick the real value-added evolutions and developments."

Those parts are likely to be focussed on the chassis, to reduce the mid-corner turning issues.

Dall’Igna also commented on the team's riders, 2017 title runner-up Andrea Dovizioso and former triple MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo, who joined the team last year.

Watch the full video below…

* Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali later stated the new bike has 2 extra horsepower.


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More power !!! Are we going to see a 2007 advantage again ?

Honda, Yamaha & Suzuki will also be adding more power to their new bikes so it won't be as big an advantage for Ducati like it was in 2007. Saying that if the improved rideability and corner turning happens then Ducati both Dovi and Lorenzo will be very difficult to beat.

Having Stoner in the January test will be a big advantage compared to the other factory teams average test riders. Hopefully Yamaha and Honda's new bikes will also be good so we can get a proper three way manufacturer fight for the riders championship.