Ducati targets success with Alstare
They've put in the hard work during the off-season and now Ducati and the Alstare Team are determined to reap their rewards.
The Bologna-based manufacturer, who is now under ownership of the Audi Group, has been spending plenty of time developing their 1199 Panigale RS13 bike ahead of the first test at Jerez.
Ernesto Marinelli, Ducati Superbike Project Manager, admits it's been hard work with the test ban in place.
"It's been a tough two months, the work on both project and development sides keeps flowing non-stop and at the same time we managed to assemble the new F13 Superbike version of the 1199R for this very first test of 2013 - and it's baptism on track," he told WorldWSBK.com.
"We have consolidated the stage of development we reached during the last test of 2012 and the Jerez outing was meant as a shakedown and an opportunity to get a base setup for the bike."
Ducati had plenty of success with the 1198, and Marinelli concedes they have had their work cut out.
"It is more difficult to stay on top than to get there, nowadays the battle for the maximum performance is as close as it has ever been," he said.
"The air restrictor penalty on the Panigale is higher than the one that gave us some issues on the 1198, so it'll be a double challenge. The situation is more balanced on the Superstock side, as the bikes are closer to their production counterparts."
As for their targets for the 2013 season, Marinelli said: "Our goal is - as it's always been - to win, and we'll do our utmost to be successful."