Luigi Dall’Igna wants 2015 to be the year when Ducati return to the top step of the podium in MotoGP after the team unveiled their new machine in Borgo Panigale. The team have gone four seasons without a victory but made great strides last year, with Andrea Dovizioso taking a pole position and eleven top six finishes, and Dall’Igna believes the GP15 is the motorcycle to continue the progression.
“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. 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.”
Dall’Igna accepts his aspirations for the season will be tough to achieve but feels he has the riding talent to succeed, as long as the machinery is up to the task.
“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.”
Dovizioso will give the GP15 its first run-out at Sepang next week and believes the team’s optimism ahead of the new season is well founded.
“In a few days’ time we will be going to Malaysia for the second winter test session at Sepang and I can’t wait to test the new GP15. I am very happy with the improvements that we managed to achieve last year and so, with this new project, I can only be optimistic for the coming season. I think that the spirit and the desire to win that I see in Ducati are vitally important for all of us. I expect a lot of support from the Ducati fans this season: we have worked a lot and well in the last couple of years and now it’s time to reap the benefits.”
Iannone impressed on-board the team’s interim machine in the first Sepang test and is eagerly anticipating his first chance aboard the 2015 challenger.
“I am very happy to form part of the Ducati Team, because it’s always been my dream to join the factory team. I already feel part of this family, and I have already established an excellent rapport with my team of technicians and mechanics, which enabled me to go immediately well with the Desmosedici GP14.3 in the recent tests at Sepang. Now we are back in action in Malaysia for the penultimate tests before the start of the season, and I’ll ride the GP15 for the first time, in the knowledge that at the start we’re going to have to work hard to make the bike competitive. In any case I am optimistic and I can’t wait to take to the track in a few days’ time.”