Ducati’s improved Desmosedici bike, dubbed the GP14.2, will make its debut at the Aragon Grand Prix this weekend.
Factory rider Andrea Dovizioso and Pramac’s Andrea Iannone gave the new machine a shakedown at Mugello on Tuesday and it was given the all-clear with the two Italians getting the honours to use it in Spain.
Ducati has once again struggled this season with Dovizioso managing just two podiums, but they hope the revised GP14.2 will give them a big boost for the remainder of the campaign.
"I also expect to go well at Aragon, just like we did at Silverstone and above all at Misano, which was a really special race," Dovizioso said. "We are now becoming a more competitive reality and I am very happy with our constant progress."
Meanwhile his teammate Cal Crutchlow, who will move to LCR Honda at the end of the season, will use the old bike.
"I can take some positives to Aragon from being able to ride the bike well again during the weekend and finish the race at Misano," he said. "In terms of my riding style, I quite like the circuit, I’ve had some good battles there in the past and results haven’t been too bad.
"I think the more flowing corners that Aragon has got are a little bit more suited to my style anyway and we know the Ducati is good in the braking zone so hopefully we can benefit in those areas."