Ducati has reiterated its objective of winning a race before the end of the MotoGP season, despite a drop-off in form by the Italian marque in recent races.
The Bologna-based manufacturer has brought an updated engine and a revised fairing to this weekend’s Brno round as it bids to close the gap to Honda and Yamaha that has widened since the opening rounds of the season, when both Ducati riders were regular podium contenders.
Despite the ground lost to the Japanese factories in the last four races, Ducati team manager Davide Tardozzi is adamant that taking a first victory since late 2010 is still the team’s goal.
Already we have a super engine, and if this was enough we would have already won the title.
Ducati team manager Davide Tardozzi
“Victory continues to be an objective – we are aware it is possible and we must do it,” Tardozzi told GPOne.com.
“In the first races of the championship we were very competitive, but a crisis of results started from Barcelona.
“The best riders have made a step and we didn’t improve. Let’s not forget that the bike is new; we made a revolution.”
Tardozzi highlighted Ducati’s rider line-up and its engine as its main strengths, adding: “We have two riders who are proving to be fast, and [Andrea] Iannone is surprising everyone with his progress.
“Already we have a super engine, and if this was enough we would have already won the title.
"As for the frame, we still have to investigate all the possibilities of the current one.”