Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 12 Feb 2015
Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso has said he is feeling optimistic after the first MotoGP pre-season test in Sepang last week.
The Italian was fast throughout the test but a poor fast lap on the final day left him seventh on the timesheets. His teammate, Andrea Iannone was third fastest overall suggesting significant improvement for Ducati.
“I think have to be really happy about the Sepang test apart from the quick lap at the end. I didn’t make a good lap, I had just one tyre and I didn’t make the most of it,” said the Italian. That’s not so important, I mean everybody wants to do it but I couldn’t. When you have just one chance it is not always easy to use the best potential.”
Dovizioso seems much happier than he has at this point in the last two years. In Sepang the Ducati duo were riding an upgraded version of the Desmosedici GP14, which after getting better and better towards the end of last season continued to show the Bologna factory’s improvement in the first test of 2015.
While the results may have been good for rider confidence, the real test comes in two weeks’ time when the radically new Gigi Dall’Igna Desmosedici GP15 hits the track for the first time.
"I’m really happy with the first three days of the season, we compared everything we wanted, we had more feeling than the end of last season and we’ve improved the set up and chassis a little bit. I’m really happy about my pace and I’m looking forward to trying the new bike.
“This test won’t change anything on the GP15 but everything is important for the future. We know what we can do with this bike, we got closer and closer at the end of last year and now we need something different.”
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After two tough years with Ducati, Dovizioso was cautious about being too optimistic in regards to the new bike.
“I don’t think we can know about the performance of the GP15 until it is here, it will be really different. Every time you make something different anything can happen. We are optimistic, we all are but there is no reason to say we will be really fast because until you’re on the track it is stupid to say!”
What does he hope is improved on the new Desmosedici? “The GP15 needs to be better at turning, it’s always the turning!” he explained. “I think we have to work in a few areas so it’s not just about turning but it is definitely the key point. If that is better from the beginning I think everything will be easier.”
Ducati’s groundbreaking GP15 will be uncovered live online on Monday 16th February 2015 on Ducati’s website before making its track debut at Sepang between 23-25 February.