Ducati MotoGP livery for 2013 revealed

Ducati have revealed the new colour schemes for both the factory team and the ‘Ducati Junior team’ (as some journos like to call it) at the 23rd annual Wrooom event in the traditional Press Ski Meeting that takes place at Madonna di Campiglio.

Photo: Ducati

The official Ducati Team colours have ditched the tricolour job from last year, and have ended up with a fusion from the 2012 and 2010 bikes.

As for the Pramac squad livery having ditched the (frankly awful) green and white livery from the past years, being the ‘second official’ team, have reverted back to red and white livery. Both team’s bikes have the same stripes and general layout of colours, although, where the Ducati ‘Senior’ team bikes are red with white stripes, the Pramac’s are white with red stripes – woah, clever designing there…

In this bloggers opinion, the bikes look fantastic, dare I say it, the Pramac’s more than the ‘Senior team’ bikes. Am I the only one thinking Iannone STILL could end up looking like a Rossi tribute act with the yellow?

Nicky Hayden has said that the bike they will be taking to Sepang for the annual test on the 5th – 7th of February is the same that he and Rossi rode at the end of 2012. However, tomorrow the General Manager of Ducati Corse, Bernhard Gobmeier will be holding a press conference, stating what the general plans and direction the development of the bike will be heading in for the 2013 season.

Regarding the last 2 years, the CEO of Ducati Motor, Gabriele Del Torchio said:

“It wasn’t as positive from a sporting point of view, but our company’s motto is ‘Never give up’, and with the ability to react that has always been one of our characteristics, we face 2013 with a new organisation, ready to take to the track.” 

“There is no magic wand” to fix the Desmosedici
                                                                            (Source: Ducati) 

Incase you’ve been living under a rock, Andrea Dovizioso has replaced Rossi in the factory squad, with Hayden staying on for another year; and Pramac Ducati having 2 new members – Ben Spies and GP rookie, Andrea Iannone.

At his first public event with the team, Dovi (minus his famed goatee) has high hopes for the coming season(s) with the manufacturer and acknowledges that the path to success, isn’t just around the corner, he’s made a long term commitment. Speaking on the PalaWrooom stage earlier today, the Italian expressed that:

“If we (Ducati) work well, I’m certain that it will be possible in the future to fight for wins and the title. The competition is very strong, but I believe we can achieve this aim. It won’t happen right away but we can do it.”

Hayden looking forward to the future with Ducati
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As for Nicky Hayden, he seemed equally as optimistic as his team mate and generally more upbeat than previous years regarding the potential of himself, and the bike, despite basically being told to pull his socks up and get some better results, by Del Torchio.

It’s a completely fresh start for us, and although there’s clearly a big challenge ahead of us, it’s also an exciting one. I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish. The future looks very good.” Said the American, on stage at Wrooom, earlier today.

Below are some more pictures from the event, courtesy of Ducati.


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