MotoGP: Factory Ducati Lenovo Uncover their 2023 Desmosedici GP23. 

Published on January 23, 2023
By Jack Hammersley

The 2022 Triple Crown Champions start their 2023 season campaign.

The Bologna won every title there was to win in MotoGP in 2022, winning the riders, teams and constructors titles. 

After 15 years since Casey Stoner lifted the teams only championship, Francescco Bagnaia pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history, coming back from a 91-point deficit to win the title in the final round of the season. 

Pecco took seven wins and a further three podiums to lift the title, but the VR46 Academy rider did also suffer five non-finishes, and this will be the key area to work on to defend his crown for 2023. The Torino rider has also chosen to run the number one for his title defending season, he will be hoping to be the first rider to defending the number one plate since Mick Doohan in 1998. 

‘The Beast’ Enea Bastianini makes it an all-Italian line-up for this season with Jack Miller moving to Red Bull KTM. Enea was one of the surprise packages of 2022, winning the opening round of the season on the Gresini GP21 Ducati and taking a further three more victories and finishing the season in third place.

Luigi Dall’Igna – Ducati Corse General Manager

The start of a new season is always exciting, and this year, even more following a 2022 destined to remain in history. Replicating last year’s results will be challenging, but our goal is always to surpass ourselves and constantly improve. In MotoGP, in addition to World Champion Pecco Bagnaia, we will also be able to count on Enea Bastianini, third in the World Championship last year with Ducati team Gresini Racing. We are convinced that both our riders will be, again this year, among the protagonists of the Championship. For sure, the competition will be even higher. There are many strong riders on the grid, and the other manufacturers will certainly have worked hard during the winter. However, we have not been outdone, so we look forward to starting this new season and defending the three titles we won last year.

Francesco Bagnaia

My winter break was shorter than usual because of all the commitments after winning the World Championship, but now I am charged up and eager to start the season. I have missed the Desmosedici GP and my team, and I can’t wait to get back on track. I could not decide whether to continue using the number 63 or switch to the number 1, and in the end, I decided on the latter. Seeing it on the bike is beautiful, and now my goal will be to do everything to keep it. It won’t be easy because I expect even tougher competition than last year, with many rivals ready to fight for the title: however, I am aware that I have the best bike and team to aim high again in 2023. Thanks again to all of Ducati and my team! I am ready to resume our adventure together.

Enea Bastianini

Wearing the colours of the official team is a great emotion, and now it is up to me to prove that I deserve this opportunity. I am excited about the new season! Fortunately, I won’t have to wait long to be able to ride my red Desmosedici GP bike on track. In a couple of weeks, we will be in Sepang for the first test of the year, and it will be a crucial moment to get to know the guys in the team better and, above all, to start working on the bike. It’s going to be a very competitive year, and there will definitely be easy and more difficult moments to face, but I’m ready for anything! Thanks again to Claudio, Gigi, Paolo, Davide and the whole Ducati! I will give 100% as always.

Featured Images: Ducati Corse.


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