It had been coming since a long long time. The inherent chronic understeer has plagued the Ducati's since eternities now. Except for the legendary iconic Casey Stoner, nobody actually could ride the Ducati GP machines, even the arguably G.O.A.T. Valentino Rossi was just a figment of what he is known for during his 2 years the Ducati. After taken over by Audi, Ducati Corse has pumped up its work towards making its MotoGP effort streamline and bring changes to the bike that would make it competitive again. The new bike represents Gigi Dall’Igna’s next step forward for the wayward Ducati Corse MotoGP team, and it is the dubious honour of holding the hopes of Ducati fans around the world, who see the machine as the silver bullet that will return Ducati to the forefront of racing prowess.
Since the Desmosedici GP15 was a no-show at Sepang, Ducati held a special unveiling ceremony in Bologna today, and also used the opportunity to unveil the 2015 team and its livery. The most obvious change that can be seen on the GP15 is the re-routing of the exhaust, with the under tail pipes collecting on the right-hand side of the machine, rather than coming in from both sides and meeting in the middle. Also, the 90 degree V4 engine has been rocked backwards, giving more room to the front tire, and thus a more compact stature inside the frame. The bodywork is obviously different, and the Ducati Desmosedici GP15 is physically slimmer, with a much smaller tail section. The twin-spar aluminum chassis remains, though it is of a completely new design. Easy to see as well are the carbon fiber subframes fore and aft.