Ducati MotoGP launch: 2018 livery revealed in Italy

Ducati has revealed the livery of the MotoGP bike that Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo will race in 2018

Ducati MotoGP launch: 2018 livery revealed in Italy

The Italian manufacturer unveiled its revised colour scheme - featuring a tweaked design and sections of grey to go with its traditional red and white colours - during a launch event on Monday morning near its Borgo Panigale headquarters in Bologna, where Dovizioso and Lorenzo were on hand.

"It is absolutely stunning, so beautiful," said Dovizioso. "Every single bike I had the possibility to ride was beautiful but this has something different, we have added some grey, even more aggressive, even more stunning.

"You have to raise the bar day after day so the target we now have is to fight to get the world championship.

"It is not easy but this is what we have to do, play just like we played in 2017."

On the new livery, Lorenzo added: "I like it a lot - it is different, it doesn't look like the last version.

"I think it is a great combination, there is some white, grey, red and it gives a very modern, top-technology look to the bike.

"Both the team and the bike are ready to win so my target is to keep growing, doing better and better and offering the best Jorge Lorenzo ever.

"I am sure it will happen because I can count on a great bike."

Ducati is not expected to reveal its definitive GP18 machine until Sepang testing later this month, having used a modified GP17 at Valencia and Jerez last November.

Test riders Casey Stoner and Michele Pirro may get the chance to sample the new bike in a three-day private test on January 24-26, before the race riders take over for the official test days on January 28-30.

Dovizioso will go into the 2018 campaign as one of the favourites after a breakthrough season last year in which he took the championship fight to Marc Marquez until the final race.

Lorenzo meanwhile will be looking to build on a promising second half of 2017 to get back into title contention, having struggled initially on the Ducati after nine seasons at Yamaha.

Both riders, along with the majority of the MotoGP field, are out of contract at the end of the year.

shares
comments
Alberto Puig announced as new Honda MotoGP team boss

Previous article

Alberto Puig announced as new Honda MotoGP team boss

Next article

Ducati's Lorenzo: My MotoGP rider market value not as high after 2017

Ducati's Lorenzo: My MotoGP rider market value not as high after 2017
Load comments
How KTM has wrestled control of young MotoGP talent from Honda Plus

How KTM has wrestled control of young MotoGP talent from Honda

There once was a time when Honda controlled any young rider who emerged in motorcycling, but its market dominance has now swung to the side of MotoGP rival KTM and, to a lesser extent Ducati. Could this development have significant ramifications for the future?

MotoGP
Oct 12, 2021
Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider Plus

Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider

Marc Marquez's romp to victory at the Grand Prix of the Americas led many to believe the 'old' pre-injury Honda rider was close to coming back to his full powers. However, the 'old' Marquez will probably never exist again and instead he'll have to adapt to his new reality to return to title-winning ways in 2022

MotoGP
Oct 6, 2021
The Marquez self-preservation that fulfilled a COTA MotoGP “dream” Plus

The Marquez self-preservation that fulfilled a COTA MotoGP “dream”

Marc Marquez scorched to his seventh Circuit of the Americas victory in MotoGP last Sunday with a display reminiscent of his pre-injury form. However, his path to the win across the weekend was in keeping with the current reality of his physical limitations, with self-preservation on Saturday key to his Sunday success

MotoGP
Oct 4, 2021
How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike Plus

How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike

His third place at Misano made Enea Bastianini the fifth different Ducati-mounted rider to score a podium in 2021. Amid a season that has seen one rider amass the bulk of Yamaha and Honda's success, the Ducati's versatility makes for a potent weapon, but the contribution of a former leading light shouldn't be forgotten

MotoGP
Sep 23, 2021
The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career Plus

The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career

Maverick Vinales’ early debut with Aprilia has been one of the most interesting plots of the recent MotoGP rounds. The results may not look standout on paper, but a closer inspection reveals just how much progress Vinales has truly made in understanding a bike that has taken him well out of his “comfort zone”

MotoGP
Sep 22, 2021
How ‘El Diablo’ and ‘the Beast’ starred in MotoGP’s Misano contest Plus

How ‘El Diablo’ and ‘the Beast’ starred in MotoGP’s Misano contest

On a day each of the podium trio could claim to be the star of the show, the San Marino Grand Prix will be remembered as a pivotal race in both MotoGP’s present and future. While Fabio Quartararo demonstrated his world title credentials just behind Francesco Bagnaia’s flawless victory charge, a new threat emerged from the shadows

MotoGP
Sep 20, 2021
How Ducati’s Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future Plus

How Ducati’s Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future

Duelling against Marc Marquez at the Aragon Grand Prix, Francesco Bagnaia came out on top to secure a long overdue MotoGP victory. As Marquez likened Bagnaia to a Ducati title contender of old, it appears the Italian rider could finally start to fight for wins on a more regular basis

MotoGP
Sep 13, 2021
Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble Plus

Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble

OPINION: The return of Andrea Dovizioso to the grid at Misano will be an interesting subplot to the remainder of the 2021 MotoGP season. But the circumstances that have led to the former Ducati rider ending his sabbatical point to his signing being one more of convenience than a long-term commitment

MotoGP
Sep 8, 2021