Ducati will present the MotoGP and SBK teams on Monday 23 January. The number 1 paired with Pecco Bagnaia appeared on the official Ducati website.
Ducati will present the new MotoGP and SBK teams on Monday 23 January in Madonna di Campiglio, in the Dolomites, during the event entitled Wroooom. After an exciting 2022 season, we start again with the official presentations. On one side Pecco Bagnaia and Enea Bastianini, on the other Alvaro Bautista and Michael Rinaldi. The two champions will have to choose the number to put on the liveries of their respective bikes.
In recent days, the Borgo Panigale manufacturer held a photoshoot with its standard bearers, therefore I’m sorry Bagnaia has already decided which number to adopt. The announcement will only be made tomorrow, but an image of the rider from Chivasso paired with the number 1 appeared on the official Ducati website during Saturday evening. A spoiler or a media error? We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to be sure…
Pecco Bagnaia chooses the sample number
The spoiler on the official Ducati website is very good#MotoGP #PB1 pic.twitter.com/OZ0waHKw9s
— Alessio Piana (@AlessioPiana130) January 21, 2023
But according to many rumors the champion of MotoGP he really would have chosen to adopt the number 1. After the title won by Casey Stoner in 2007, the Emilian brand had to wait many years without being able to get its hands on the world title. Fifteen years later he doesn’t want to deny himself the joy of seeing the 1 on the brand new livery Desmosedici GP23. A wish that the top management has never hidden and Pecco Bagnaia may have fulfilled.
The 2022 season was sensational, with a comeback on Fabio Quartararo unprecedented in the history of the premier class. After the crash at Sachsenring, Bagnaia rolled up his sleeves and collected 91 points from race to race, until the decisive overtaking in the Phillip Island GP. You have been able to exploit all the potential of the new Ducati, even leading it to win the Triple Crown. It was certainly the most successful year in the history of the brand and now the goal is to try and repeat itself.
In the World Cup Superbikes Ducati didn’t give a chance to the big Kawasaki (with Jonathan Rea) and Yamaha (with Toprak Razgatlioglu): Alvaro Bautista he has collected 16 victories and has taken over from Carlos Checa, the last rider to win the factory-derived championship astride a Ducati in 2011. The Spanish rider is also expected to adopt the number 1 in the next WorldSBK which will be branded on his Panigale V4R. In recent weeks he has launched a survey through social media to his followers on the number to choose. In any case, the number 1 will be present on his bike, alone or as part of his now customary 19.