Though former MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden inadvertently did his best to spoil the surprise [see separate story - click here], Ducati has today officially unveiled to the world the bike with which it hopes to reclaim title glory in the premier class in 2010 - the Ducati Desmosedici GP10.

Both Hayden and fellow erstwhile title-winner Casey Stoner have high hopes indeed for the new machine, which the Kentucky native has described as 'a strong package'. What's more, his Australian team-mate has waxed lyrical about the new 'big bang' direction Ducati is taking with regard to the engine, which he is sure will improve traction, handling and overall rideability [see separate story - click here].

To see pictures of the GP10 - which was launched against the spectacular backdrop of the Madonna di Campiglio ski resort, high up in the Italian Dolomites - click here