Ducati launches its 2018 programme, livery

Ducati launches its 2018 programme, livery

15 January 2018 – Ducati has become the first team to launch its 2018 MotoGP programme, taking the wraps off its Desmosedici GP at its Bologna base.

Ducati finished third in last year's Teams' Standings, taking six wins, all courtesy of Andrea Dovizioso, who challenged Marc Marquez for the Riders' crown, continuing the fight until the Valencia finale.

The Desmosedici features a tweaked livery, with splashes of grey added to its traditional red and white colour scheme.

Ducati will form an unchanged rider line-up for 2018, with Dovizioso set to embark on his sixth season in its colours, following prior stints with Repsol Honda and Tech 3.

He will again be joined by Jorge Lorenzo, who finished seventh in the standings, with a trio of podiums, as he gradually adapted to Ducati after nine years with Yamaha.

Long-time test rider Michele Pirro, who typically receives a handful of wildcard outings per season, will remain in his role.

Ducati technical boss Gigi Dall'Igna outlined during the ceremony that Ducati's ambition is to again compete for the championship.

"Throughout winter we stayed very focused," explained the Italian.

"We really talked about the main features of our bikes and came up with new ideas we'll be testing in Sepang.

"It goes without saying that we had to revise the engineering of the bike, and we worked on the engine – we've added some horsepower to our bike, although the rideability will be easier .

"And again, in terms of aerodynamics, we're now defining the last details so you won't see the final model in Malaysia, or maybe not until the second or third race.

"Dovizioso, the rider who gave us so many emotions until the final race, had an incredible season, but not just in 2017 – also during the final part of 2016. From Aragon to Valencia, he scored the most points.

"So it's not a one-off, and I'm sure he'll get incredible results in 2018, too.

"Then we have Jorge Lorenzo, five-time World Champion, and after some difficulties at the beginning, results got better and better.

"In the final races he was close to the win and I'm sure he will be one of the key protagonists in the 2018 World Championship."

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