Ducati is ready to start again, both from an industrial, as well as a sporting perspective. In one of our interviews yesterday, Carmelo Ezpeleta reaffirmed his commitment to start the championship in late July and promised an updated calendar for the beginning of June.
The engines are ready to warm up and Claudio Domenicali, Ducati's CEO, is ready to challenge Marquez again.
"I'd give an 8 to our 2019," he told the Gazzetta dello Sport. "We've won three races. We did it with both riders and, at the end of the year, we had one rider upfront but 20 behind."
The CEO has also shown confidence in his riders, starting with Petrucci.
“In the first part of 2019, Danilo showed he could be fast, " he explained. "He worked on preparation and on his psychological approach towards the races during the winter. I see he's determined and motivated. He can grow, but so can Dovi. In 2017, Andrea changed gears and started winning races constantly, but he still has an unexpressed potential, however strange that may seem."
Dovizioso is the rider they're aiming for in Borgo Panigale to repeat Stoner's success in 2007, that of winning the MotoGP World Championship. The Australian is still in Domenicali's heart.
“Stoner is the strongest rider we've had in Ducati," he said. "He had, actually, he has, because he still has a natural instinct in finding the limit, even if he doesn't race anymore. It's not reasoning, it's pure talent. There have also been other great riders, even in the Superbike: Bayliss was very strong, super determined. But Casey could ride anything with ease and has an extraordinary relationship with the bike. Then there's his character, of course: difficult, never happy with himself, complicated. But he's a phenomenal champion."