News 21 Jan 2016

Pramac Racing introduces 2016 Ducati team

New Octo Pramac Yakhnich livery for Redding and Petrucci.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati was launched at Pramac’s headquarters in Italy on Wednesday as they prepare for their 15th season in the MotoGP World Championship.

The new liveries for Octo Pramac Yakhnich’s two Ducati Desmosedici GPs were presented, to be ridden by team newcomer Scott Redding and the returning Danilo Petrucci in 2016.

“I am very excited,” Redding commented. “I got a fantastic feeling riding the bike during the first round of tests at Valencia. I immediately felt comfortable on the Ducati and it was a great sensation. I have to say that when I entered the box and met my new team in Valencia, the atmosphere was very friendly and welcoming. The guys welcomed me and I felt a desire to do my best.

“I feel that they have high expectations for me, but at the same time they do not put pressure on me. During the tests, my conversations with Giacomo Guidotti and the crew went perfectly, we immediately clicked. And then, as I said, the bike is insane.

“The weather wasn’t excellent in Valencia, but the main goal was to work. And, in fact, at Jerez we did an amazing job. I would like to thank Pramac and Ducati for choosing me and I can promise all of my fans and fans of the team that I will do everything I can to accomplish great things in 2016.”

Petrucci is certain to take another step forward in his GP career this year: “I am very pleased to be here and be a part of the Pramac family for the second year in a row. I am especially happy because I have found a close-knit group that has not changed. The great relationship I have with Daniele Romagnoli and all of the guys on the team reinforces the trust between us.

“I can’t wait to begin because there is so much to do, especially in light of the new regulations. I have a great desire to do better. The tests went very well, especially at Jerez where we made great strides forward compared to Valencia. I am ready to do my best for my fans and supporters. Rest assured, I will give my all!”

Several riders took to the Octo Pramac Yakhnich stage after Paolo Campinoti’s opening remarks, which retraced the 15 years of Pramac’s MotoGP history. In an entertaining video, some riders also recounted their favourite moments from the team’s history.

These included Alex Barros, Toni Elias, Max Biaggi, Loris Capirossi, Andrea Iannone, and surprise guest Carmelo Ezpeleta, who wished Paolo Campinoti and the team good luck in the upcoming 2016 season.