An interview with Pramac Racing Ducati's team manager Francesco Guidotti in which he speaks about the team's options for 2016.

Crash.net:
There has been a lot of speculation regarding who will be racing in Pramac Racing colours in 2015. Are the two seats in your team open?

Francesco Guidotti:
I wouldn't say two. Let's say maybe one because we have a contract with both riders. With one of these we have the option to leave it so you can say that maybe there will be one seat available, not two. Luckily! Just one. To be honest with Danilo it's only the first year and he's going really good. So at least he deserves one more year to show how good he is, how fast he is. With Yonny we are pretty happy. He's a great guy, a very fast rider. To be honest the expectation was a bit higher. He had some little problems so we want to give him one more chance to show everybody how fast he is. In this time in this decision we are not alone. As you know we have a very strong relationship with Ducati. We have to make the decision together.

Crash.net:
How long does Yonny have to prove himself?

Francesco Guidotti:
Until it's possible [laughs].

Crash.net:
So he has just a handful of races left to impress?

Francesco Guidotti:
Yeah. We try always to be really open from the beginning. During the relationship with the riders, with our technicians... let's say in our team there is a very good relationship. There is a freedom of opinion. Sometimes it's not everything really nice, good and beautiful but in this case we told Yonny our feeling, Ducati's feeling and he knows.

Crash.net:
At Indianapolis Petrucci told Crash.net that he is 70-80 percent sure that he'll be with Pramac next year. Is that fair?

Francesco Guidotti:
Danilo will stay here 100 percent. No question there. Together we are doing a good job.

Crash.net:
And he will have the GP14.2 from Misano onwards?

Francesco Guidotti:
Yeah, he will have the GP14.2 at Misano. There will be a better performance. Not at every circuit but at some circuits that there is more room to work on the chassis setting it will be a bit better.

Crash.net:
Is it true that you have spoken with Danny Kent about a deal for 2015?

Francesco Guidotti:
This is true.

Crash.net:
Have you offered him a contract?

Francesco Guidotti:
Yeah, we had contact with Danny. Direct contact because he has no manager actually. We are really very impressed and it's an option.

Crash.net:
Is it a long-term contract?

Francesco Guidotti:
With a young rider coming from Moto3 it's a big step. He had a short period in Moto2 but the jump from now could be big so for sure it's not a short term project.

Crash.net:
Would that be for three years?

Francesco Guidotti:
Yes, three years.

Crash.net:
Danny has obviously impressed this year. When did he come on your radar?

Francesco Guidotti:
In the first part of the season everybody realised he made somehow an improvement. I don't know him too deeply to say what his reasons are. I had a chat and we had some contact. But it's still early to have an opinion about him. For sure his progression from the past is impressive. There's no question.

Crash.net:
He has often complained of being too tall for the Moto3 machine this year. Do you see his build as suited to a MotoGP machine?

Francesco Guidotti:
His height is perfect! The weight has to increase for sure. Now I think he's following special training to be slim. In MotoGP he needs a different method of physical training in case. I think also if he move to Moto2 he needs to be stronger. He knows because he ride Moto2 years ago. He knows he needs to be more strong.

Crash.net:
If Danny were to sign for Pramac Ducati would he be riding a GP15 in 2016?

Francesco Guidotti:
Our team, it doesn't matter if Kent or someone else joins. Our team has a good relationship with Ducati. This year is the first year that we have a bike [that is] a step back from the factory. It is only because we talk at the end of last year with Ducati and realised with them that the new bike was available pretty late in the season. Not because they were slow to build up the bike but because the final decision was pretty late. We realised that if they should bike and parts for four riders the development for 2015 would be slower.

We said, 'Ok, this year, we stay with the 2014 bike. We'll help you on the electronic side as much as we can.' Our rider has a good chance to increase their performance even with this bike. And we will consider that during the season they have a bike a year behind. This year is a special year - not in a good way - but we want to cooperate with Ducati. We don't want to be in a position that slow down the development of the bike. We made this year one step back to make an acceleration next year.

We agree with Ducati that we will have the same spec of the Factory team. Maybe not the latest package but much closer, like in 2013 or 2014. We are a factory supported team. It's not a satellite team. We have to be considerate so we will have the new bike, let's say. It's no longer correct to say the GP15 or GP16 because it won't exist any more. The bike will be the Desmosedici GP. That's it. Out bike will be very close to the 'Factory' spec.

Crash.net:
Is it true you have also been speaking with Johann Zarco?

Francesco Guidotti:
Yeah, you know, he's leading the Moto2 championship. As soon as you start to consider the replacement for 2016 of course you look at the classification of Moto2 first of all. Then Moto3 then Superbike or the classes behind MotoGP. It could be an option.

Crash.net:
Would you say that right now Kent is the priority over Zarco?

Francesco Guidotti:
Let's say that maybe somehow yes. It seems that he is more interested let's say.

Crash.net:
Jack Miller obviously jumped to MotoGP from the junior class this year. From what you have seen of Jack's performances was that another reason for looking at Moto3's top man?

Francesco Guidotti:
I don't know. I think that each case has to be considered in that time and that circumstance. To be honest Jack is doing not what everybody expected. Not for a riding style matter. This is my impression. I'm not really interested because I already have several problems to solve that I am not going to look at the other teams too much. The impression I have looks like a lack of performance the bike. For sure that bike doesn't help Jack to be faster. Maybe from the first lap to the end of the race it looks like a training matter. Maybe I'm wrong, I don't know [laughs].

Crash.net:
Is there a deadline for when Danny or Johann make a decision?

Francesco Guidotti:
No, the deadline is more he must be really convinced. We don't want to put too much pressure. He has to take his time to consider some options maybe, like Moto2. In this moment he is pretty busy and focussed on the current championship. He is fifty-something points ahead but still with eight races to go. It's a special moment in his career because of the current championship and the offer he gets. For us it is an option but no big pressure.

Crash.net:
Has Danny had direct contact with people from the Ducati factory?

Francesco Guidotti:
Is anyone from Ducati involved in the discussion? No, they are not involved. They are more like guests interested [laughs]. It's important to involve them in the project but the agreement in case Danny want to join MotoGP will be with the team, not with Ducati. In the beginning then I don't know.

Crash.net:
There were also rumours linking Cal Crutchlow with Pramac Racing for 2016. Was there any truth in this?

Francesco Guidotti:
No. As far as I know he had contact with Ducati and we were getting ready [laughs].

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