MotoGP: Pramac Racing Ducati unveil 2021 livery

Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco unveil the 2021 Pramac Racing Ducati livery
Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco unveil the 2021 Pramac Racing Ducati livery

Pramac Racing Ducati has unveiled its new livery ahead of the 2021 MotoGP season.

Continuing the trend of virtual presentations, due to the restrictions caused by Covid-19, the team’s new colours were revealed through their social media channels and the official MotoGP website.

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This season’s livery is nearly identical to last years, featuring a mix of red, white, blue and black, with the Pramac logo as the most prominent sponsor.

The Ducati satellite team, celebrating its 20th Anniversary, has a brand-new line-up this season. Johann Zarco is promoted from the Esponsorama/Avintia Ducati squad, whilst Jorge Martin makes his premier class debut after moving up from Moto2.

Despite racing for the satellite Pramac team, both Zarco and Martin will get their hands on factory-spec GP21s this season – the same, at least to begin with, spec machines that factory riders Jack Miller and Francesco Bagnaia will receive.

Zarco’s career was given a new lease of life onboard the GP19 last year, after being released from his factory KTM contract just six months into a two-year contract back in 2019. The Frenchman’s best race weekend last season came at Brno when he took pole position and finished third in the race.

Overall, Zarco finished inside the top 10 on seven occasions and ended his 2020 campaign 13th overall with 77 points.

“This is my second season with Ducati, and I have to thank them because I reached a good level in 2020 and it would be great if in 2021, I could be competitive and get to the podium or even win,” Zarco said during the presentation. “Last year there were many different winners, and this makes me think that this year will be my turn.

“If we think about the last few years this is the opportunity to be reborn. I am back now, and I want to maintain this and bring something good to the team. Last year I had to learn so many things and this year I can take advantage of it. I experienced strong support from Ducati, and I am sure I will have it even more now I am in the official team.

Meanwhile, Martin moves to the premier class after a, mostly, successful Moto2 campaign last year. The Spaniard won his first races in the intermediate class, at the Red Bull Ring and Valencia, as secured four further podiums.

Unfortunately, Martin tested positive for Covid-19 and was forced to miss both races at Misano, effectively ending his title challenge. Heading into Misano 1, the 2018 Moto3 champion was only eight points behind championship leader Luca Marini.

“Everything in MotoGP is new for me, it’s like starting from scratch,” Martin said. “I am happy to be here with Pramac and Ducati and I cannot wait to start, I really want to ride the motorbike. The time is getting closer, so I hope to do well.

“Rookie of the year is my first goal now but I mostly aim at accomplishing good results at the end of the year. I think that they [Luca Marini and Enea Bastianini] are strong riders but that mines an achievable goal. I think I could reach the goal even if they are both strong.”

As things stand the 2021 season will begin at the Losail International Circuit, Qatar, on March 28, followed by round two at the same circuit the following weekend (April 4).