The newly title "Mission Winnow Ducati team", which will compete in the 2019 MotoGP World Championship, was presented yesterday at the iconic Cube, Philip Morris International's Research and Development centre in the lakeside Swiss town of Neuchatel.
Riders Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci unveiled the brand-new Desmosedici GP19 machine in its new and full red livery in front of an audience of international media, guests, sponsors and partners ahead of a hopefully exciting season to kick-off on March 10 in Qatar. At the opportunity, Claudio Domenicali, Ducati Motor Holding CEO, said, "Racing has always been part of Ducati's DNA. The solutions and expertise gathered on track represent an asset that is directly tied to our product line, and the MotoGP project is crucial for us to produce models that are more performing, exciting and safe to ride for all our passionate fans."
Adding, "Looking back at the results achieved in 2018 on track, we can be proud because our Desmosedici GP proved to be one of the most competitive bikes, but we cannot settle and we want to make another, decisive step forward. I believe our know-how and the spirit that characterises the people of Ducati Corse are an extra value compared with our rivals. I want to take this occasion to thank all the partners that are supporting us in this new challenge in MotoGP including Audi Sport, which starting from this season will be main sponsor and to send my best wishes to the whole Mission Winnow Ducati team for an unforgettable season." Riders also shared their thoughts for the upcoming season with Andrea Dovizioso noting, "2018 was a very positive year for me. We started with a victory and, even if we had some ups and downs, the difficulties pushed us to look in new directions and half-way through the season we made a big step forward. I'm very happy with the work done with the team, we fought for the win basically throughout the second half of the championship and I think we'll make more improvements in the next tests to begin the season in the best possible way. The expectations are high, I have a great feeling with both the bike and my crew, and we can count on more experience. I'm happy to have Danilo alongside me in the garage, we know each other well and I believe we can fight on track but also work together to develop the package."
As for Danilo Petrucci, "Last season was very important for me, my best ever in terms of points scored. Even if I barely missed my goal to finish first among independent riders, I still finished 2018 on an undoubtedly positive note. Racing with the factory colours makes me really proud and I can't wait to get started: I have a great feeling with my new crew, and the technical level is higher than ever. As for me, I know where I can still improve and I changed my conditioning program to make sure I'll be in my best shape ever come the first race. I'm very happy to pair with Andrea: not only is he a phenomenal rider, but also a wonderful person. We've known each other for a long time, and we started to train together with one goal: to both have a really strong season." The "Mission Winnow Ducati team" will now move for Malaysia where, on February 6-9 at Sepang Circuit would run the first collective pre-season tests.