MotoGP: Ducati unveil the 2022 Desmosedici GP livery
The 2022 Ducati MotoGP livery has been revealed during the team’s delayed official 2022 launch this afternoon.
Initially scheduled for January 28, the event was pushed back due to Jack Miller testing positive for Covid-19 whilst at home in Australia. As a result, Miller was unable to leave home to take part.
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At first glance this year’s livery looks almost identical to the 2021 design, aside from sponsorship changes and extra black beneath each rider’s number. However, Ducati have confirmed that for the first time since joining MotoGP in 2003, the Desmosedici GP machines will be painted in the iconic “Ducati red” – The same colour that distinguishes the production bikes made by the Borgo Panigale based manufacturer.
2021 runner-up Francesco Bagnaia remains with the team alongside Miller, with both riders entering their second campaigns as factory Ducati riders. Bagnaia was a breakout star of 2021, winning four of the final six races and taking five consecutive poles during that stint.
Bagnaia ended the two-day Sepang test sixth overall with a best lap-time of 1:58.265, which was +0.134s off the new unofficial lap record set by Enea Bastianini. Bagnaia completed 110 laps across the two days.
“I’m happy for the start of this new season,” Bagnaia said. “We’ve ended 2021 on a high, and I hope to continue 2022 from where we left off last year. My team and I have grown a lot since then. I feel good with my team, and I’m sure that we can do great things together.
“The Desmosedici GP in this new colour is even more beautiful, and I can’t wait to get back to racing with it. The goal for this season will be, as always, to constantly improve and be competitive in every race. We’ll aim to bring the MotoGP riders’ title, as well as the teams’ and manufacturers’ titles, back to Borgo Panigale.”