Ducati is all-ready to unveil its 2018 MotoGP race bike, the GP18. The unveiling will take place in Bologna. Ducati’s team members and its MotoGP riders, Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo will be available at the event.
The launch of the GP18 will finally reveal the official livery of Ducati for the 2018 MotoGP season. We’re expecting to see a few changes in the bike which would improve its mid-corner turning speed, the factor which is affecting Ducati the most.
Ducati Corse general manager Gigi Dall’Igna says, “The bike has some real strong points and some other points, like the middle of the corner, where we struggle a little bit. We have some ideas and we have to test [in Valencia and Jerez] something that could reduce at least this problem. So for sure we will work on all aspects of the bike [for 2018] – including the engine, electronics, even if there we are quite strong in those areas.”
He further added, “But our main focus will be the middle of the corner because we have to improve. Above all, in two races [Phillip Island and Valencia] we struggled quite a lot for that problem and so we would like to do something. I think the main problem [with turning] is the chassis.”
How good is the new Ducati GP18 will be known once Dovizioso, Lorenzo and Petrucci will test the machine during the the opening official 2018 test at Sepang during 28-30 January. Ducati will also organise a private test which will have Casey Stoner present.