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Dall’Igna on winter development progress and preparing for 2015 tests

Dall’Igna on winter development progress and preparing for 2015 tests

Luigi Dall’Igna, General Manager of Ducati Corse, spoke to recently to provide an update on the progress the Italian manufacturer are making with their development ahead of the forthcoming season.

In the latest episode of the Off-Season Show - Series 3 Episode 6 - Dall’Igna confirmed that Ducati’s GP15 will be assembled and prepared over the coming weeks, to be debuted at the Sepang 2 test from 23rd-26th February.

Before then as MotoGP™ testing resumes at the Sepang 1 test (4th-7th February) Ducati will use a GP14.3 machine which is an evolution of the GP14.2.

Dall’Igna commented, "Every time we spoke about the GP15 we spoke about the Sepang tests and February but the schedule was for Sepang 2. We tried very hard to anticipate a little bit the project but in the end we can’t make it and we use for the first Sepang test a GP14.3. That is an evolution of the bike that we used in the last part of last season. I think this is important because we have to evaluate some different set-up and after that we have to choose the set-up of the GP15."

On the exact status of GP15 manufacture the Italian engineer stated, "We have everything quite ready, we are waiting for some parts but we are starting the assembly process at the end of the month so it is not just a drawing."

Giving some specifics on the design details of the new GP15 bike Dall’Igna added, "The bike will be completely different to the GP14, the GP14.2 and the GP14.3, but mainly, we stay with the Desmodromic (valves), the 90 degree 4-cylinder (engine). The basic concepts remain the same but in the end it will be a completely different bike. The engine will be a lot smaller and this could help us with different set-ups."

MotoGP, 2015

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