A few hours before the first qualifying session of the new MotoGP season saw Avintia hold a team presentation in their pit garage here at Losail, Qatar.
Antonio Martin, General Manager of Avintia Racing, and Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati MotoGP Project Director, were joined by riders Hector Barbera and Mike Di Meglio.
Avintia entered the premier-class under the CRT rules in 2012, running uncompetitive machinery until joining forces with Ducati in the form of a single Desmosedici for Barbera from Aragon last year.
That partnership will expand to a full two-bike line-up this season.
“After suffering a lot during the past few years, finally we have a competitive bike, and now the target is only one: to fight to win the Open class,” declared Martin. “I want to thank the team and the riders for their patience in the last seasons. And also I want to thank Dorna and Ducati for their support and confidence in the Avintia Racing team. We are very happy with this new project and are looking forward to starting the season.
Ciabatti confirmed that Avintia will be the only Open class team with a seamless gearbox.
“In Ducati everybody is very happy with this new project together with the Avintia Racing team,” the Italian began. “We are very happy with the work of Hector Barbera and Mike Di Meglio and we hope to see them on the top of the Open class during the season.
“The bike we provided to Hector and Mike is the Ducati Desmosedici GP14 with full seamless gearbox and Dorna software. We think it is a very competitive bike for the Open class.”