2017 Ducati Team has been presented at the Auditorium Ducati of Borgo Panigale and it has been unveiled the livery of the new Desmosedici GP, the bike which will be used by official riders Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso during the 2017 MotoGP Championship.
Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, declared at the opening of the presentation:
We are a strong company, characterized by passion and creativity, typical of “Made in Italy” companies, but we have organization and discipline too. This is a company where races represent something special. It’s not just marketing, competition really is the strongest passion of all Ducati’s fans. We are satisfied of progresses made in the last 3 years, starting from 2013, by Eng. Dall’Igna, because we had deep distances in the past but we won 2 races last year. It’s for this reason that, with a strong situation and further development perspectives, we decided, together with the shareholder, to give to Ducati Corse the task of bringing back to Italy the world title, providing them all human, technical, financial resources to fight.
We know that it will be hard and we are not starting as favorite this year. But we are aware that we have passion, dedication and energy. We have a top level technicians team, an excellent command of project and development technologies, two great riders and a group of passionate sponsors and partners who share with us this exciting challenge. As first Ducati fan, I have to wish good luck to Gigi and the Ducati Team.
Luigi Dall’Igna, General Manager of Ducati Corse, added: “After the positive ending of 2016 season, we are ready for this new step. We organized better, and for the first time the new bike was ready for tests in Valencia. We scheduled some development activities starting from next week with our two partners Michele Pirro and Casey Stoner, in order to go ahead with further tests together with our official rider, and we will see the true bike in Qatar only. We know that our rivals are hardened, but we have Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso in our team and that’s why we are confident for the job we have to do. It will be not simple to win against our rivals and we are not the favorite ones, but we will try and we’ll fight in order to gain results our fans are waiting for”.
Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati team rider): “My impression as soon as I joined Ducati, is that all employees do their job with passion, and they are really proud to be part of this historical and prestigious brand. We all can not wait for the starting of this new adventure and even if we can not promise anything, we potentially have what we need to create a competitive bike and aspire to results we all want to reach. Thanks for all welcome messages received by Ducati fans, I really am excited and I want to do my best.”
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati team rider): “This is my fifth season with Ducati and I await a lot from 2017 year. After 4 years working hard, we finally are competitive, and now our goal is to fight for the Championship. I’m happy to welcome Jorge into the Ducati family and I’m sure that we will work very well together.”