Ducati MotoGP team has launched its new machine named “Desmosedici GP17” with Andrea Dovizioso and newly joined rider Jorge Lorenzo ahead of the 2017 MotoGP world championship at its factory base in Bologna.
Ducati finished third in last year’s Constructors’ standings, with Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone fifth and ninth in the Drivers’ title, the latter making the switch to Suzuki for 2017.
New machine introduced by Ducati Motor Holding CEO Claudio Domenicali, MotoGP Team Manager Davide Tardozzi, Sporting Director Paolo Ciabatti and General Manager of Ducati Corse Luigi Dall’Igna then took over proceedings – before the two bikes and riders.
Luigi Dall’Igna: “Our organization is better; we’ve improved it a lot and we’ve managed to have the new bike up and running straight after Valencia. We just wanted to make sure the new bike had no problem or issue it would have been impossible to solve during the season. Now, we get underway with our test riders Michele Pirro and Casey Stoner, alongside our official ‘heroes’ – Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso. We have to improve our bike from every perspective and in every detail.
“This season will be Andrea Dovizioso’s fifth season with us. Like he says, after getting the victory, now he wants to ‘finish the job’. We’ve been through some difficult times together but he’s a great rider and I’m sure we can do it.
“Lorenzo is a five-time World Champion, and the only thing we have left to do is win the World Championship. We don’t need excuses – that’s why we hired Lorenzo. There is no reason why we can’t do this. We’ve changed our mindset and we’re focused on doing what people want us to: winning the Championship.”
The two riders will take to the track for the first Official MotoGP™ test of the year at Sepang International Circuit on January 30th – scene of Dovizioso’s 2016 victory – with Lorenzo riding in red for the first time as engines fire up for a new chapter.