MotoGP: Lorenzo appears in red as Ducati reveal 2017 machines

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Jorge Lorenzo has made his first official appearance in Ducati red, as he and 2017 MotoGP teammate Andrea Dovizioso pulled the covers off the colours that they will campaign in the upcoming season.

However, the factory are remainign tight-lipped about the exact specification of the GP17 at present, with the covers coming off GP16 models (minus the wings) sporting the new colourscheme.


And it may be as late as the first round of the championship in Qatar before we see the 2017 bikes, with Ducati apparently keen to keep their latest aerodynamic innovations secret until the new fairings must be homologated at the first race.

Instead, the riders will test using 2016 bodywork – but with test riders Casey Stoner and Michele Pirro apparently set to take to the Losail track a week before the official test there, in a private outing to test the Italian firm’s planned replacement for the wings the bikes sported last season.

However, Ducati management didn’t pull their punches during the launch, setting out a clear goal for the season – nothing short of winning the title, with not only Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali but also Ducati Corse manager Gigi Dall’igna suggesting that title success is their clear objective in Lorenzo’s first year with the team.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer