The Octo Pramac Racing Team launched in the splendid gulf of Posillipo, Naples, the new Ducati Desmosedici GP that will carry them through the 2017 season. The livery was presented via a dramatic show that took place in the ‘Auditorium Compagna’ of the imposing Castel dell’Ovo. Numerous sponsors, guests and media had the chance to toast/welcome the next MotoGP campaign with Danilo Petrucci, Scott Redding and all the Octo Pramac Racing Team.
The riders were interviewed in turns by Sandro Donato Grosso (Sky Sports MotoGP) and Gavin Emmet (BT Sport MotoGP).
During the show, Octo Pramac Racing Team Principal Paolo Campinoti presented a beautiful photographic book that traces the MotoGP history of Pramac from its beginning, with Tetsuya Harada in 2002, through several champions such as Max Biaggi, Alex Barros, Toni Elias and Loris Capirossi, and culminating with the recent successful seasons starring Andrea Iannone, Danilo Petrucci and Scott Redding.
Petrux and Scott are confirmed for the 2017 season, featuring the Italian riding the new Ducati Desmosedici GP 2017 and the Englishman racing the Ducati Desmosedici GP 2016.
Massed ranks of media and guests eager to get the first proper sight of one of the most radical looking liveries of the new season were left spellbound when the chassis was revealed towards the end of the show.
PAOLO CAMPINOTI (Team Principal Octo Pramac Racing)
“We are facing the new season, our sixteenth in a row, with great enthusiasm. We will place our ambitions and our expectations on Danilo Petrucci and Scott Redding. They will be supported by the extraordinary commitment of all our team and will be fueled by the consolidation of the relationship with Octo Telematics. In a sport where speed and change are the foundation of success, being to create such a long-lived and productive partnership is the confirmation of the quality of the work done so far, with the belief that it will also fraught with great results”.
FABIO SBIANCHI (CEO Octo)
“For the third year in a row we are the proud Title Sponsor of the Octo Pramac Racing Team. This year the team will face new challenges and we expect great results from them, thanks to the new Ducati entrusted to Danilo Petrucci . As usual we share the same goal: we address an international audience with responsibility and global vision to transfer our values of innovation and excellence”.
FRANCESCO GUIDOTTI (Team Manager Octo Pramac Racing)
“It will be a very important season for our team and for our riders. The relationship we have with Ducati is year by year more and more narrow and in 2017 will materialize with the presence of the Ducati Desmosedici GP 2017 in Danilo Petrucci’s side. A fascinating challenge for Petrux which will have the task of trying to stay with the riders in front. A challenging responsibility also for Scott Redding who will have the Ducati Desmosedici GP 2016, a bike that has proven to be extremely powerful, giving a lot of satisfaction last season. We face a tough job but we are ready to deal with it and determined in carrying out our mission that is to hold high the colors of Octo Pramac Racing”.
DANILO PETRUCCI (Octo Pramac Racing #9)
“First of all I would like to thank all those who have allowed me to be back with Pramac for the third year in a row. If I’m not mistaken I am the rider who has raced the most consecutive seasons with the team, and this fills me with pride. I’m glad to be here also because this is an important year: I was rewarded with the official Ducati and I have to do well. I want to improve the results of 2015 and finish the races in which I was leading during the 2016 season. The bike is a step forward compared to that of 2015. We’ll see if it will be enough to stay with the competition that this year is an even higher level. We are still working to discover all the potential, but one thing is certain: the 2017 version of the Ducati Desmosedici GP is the most competitive bike I’ve ever ridden”.
SCOTT REDDING (Octo Pramac Racing #45)
“It is clear that the hope for the 2017 season is to improve our results. I must confess that the beginning was not the easiest. In the first two tests we tried to work to resolve some technical issues that could have created problems later. It was a different job from last year when we focused on setting the lap-time. Our goal is to be able to do well from the first few races and I am very confident because the Ducati Desmosedici GP 2016 has been shown to have a good pace and reduce tire wear consumption compared to 2015 version. I think this season we can do well and improve ourselves especially during the Sunday’s race”.