Ducati riders Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone both spoke highly of the new GP15 after giving their 2015 motorcycle its first run-out on Monday at Sepang. Dovizioso was tenth quickest on the striking new machine and is already optimistic that the front-end problems that have dogged previous Ducatis may be a thing of the past.
“I am really very pleased with the first sensations on the new GP15 bike, and this for me was the most important thing. Above all I hoped that the new bike turned into and went through the corners better. Already on my out lap I could feel that the GP15 had improved a lot from that point of view and I am satisfied because this was the most important aspect for me. With the new bike we can manage to work more efficiently with all the adjustments, but today was our first day and unfortunately we didn’t have much time available, so it’s normal that there is still a lot of work to do to improve in the various fields.”
Iannone was fifteenth quickest but stressed that he wasn’t chasing fast lap times with the team still at an early stage with the development of the GP15.
“I was very anxious and curious to try the GP15 and I am satisfied with my first approach with the new bike. We were all waiting impatiently for it and we couldn’t wait to go out on the track, and my first impressions are very positive. Obviously we still have to work a lot to adapt the bike to our characteristics but we have a good starting point and I am more than satisfied. It’s a pity I couldn’t do many laps, but half-way through the afternoon it started to rain quite heavily and we preferred to bring things to an end for today.”