20 January 2016
MotoGP: Redding, Petrucci unveil 2016 Pramac colours
Scott Redding and Danilo Petrucci unveil 2016 Pramac Ducati colours at team launch.
Scott Redding and Danilo Petrucci pulled the covers off Pramac's 2016 Ducati MotoGP machines during a team launch in Italy on Wednesday.
Both new signing Redding (23) and the continuing Petrucci (25) claimed a debut MotoGP podium last season, Redding during a chaotic dry-wet-dry Misano race and Petrucci at a soaking Silverstone.
The pair will campaign 2015-spec Desmosedicis this season, the first for MotoGP's single ECU system and with Michelin in place of Bridgestone as official tyre supplier.
Although he struggled badly for much of last year at Marc VDS, former Moto2 title runner-up Redding has looked instantly at home with the Ducati, even leading the final day of private 2015 testing at Jerez.
"I am very excited," Redding said. "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. 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 was third fastest at the Jerez test, with only double world champion Marc Marquez separating the Pramac pair on the timesheets.
"I am very pleased to be here, and be a part of the Pramac family for the second year in a row," said Petrucci. "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!"
Pramac is retaining title sponsorship from Octo, whilst forming a new partnership with Yakhnich Motorsport, which won the 2013 World Supersport title with Sam Lowes, resulting in the addition of some blue in the new team livery.
Today's launch was also used to celebrate the 15-year history of Pramac in MotoGP, including video messages from Alex Barros, Toni Elias, Max Biaggi, Loris Capirossi and Andrea Iannone.
Pramac made its debut in 2002 with Tetsuya Harada on a Honda NSR 500, before another Japanese star Makoto Tamada claiming the teams first podium (2003) and victory (2004) in the new four-stroke MotoGP era.
In 2005 Pramac switched to Ducati, with Barros riding in third in the 2007 Italian round at Mugello. Further success soon followed with Elias scoring two rostrums in 2008, but the team then faced a long wait until Petrucci's second place finish at Silverstone.
"Thanks to Danilo, the team reached the podium for the first time since 2008, but our goal is to do even better," declared team manager Francesco Guidotti. "The only person who cannot do better is the person who wins.
"Technical regulations have shuffled the cards, so we are talking about an important breakthrough. We have to work hard for this. But we are starting with great enthusiasm because a great challenge lies ahead of us.
"How much we can improve is difficult to say. Last year we bet on Danilo and we were right. This year we are betting on Scott and relaunching Danilo. It will be a season with many new opportunities, but we are ready to face new challenges and we can't wait to get on the racetrack and battle it out."
Redding and Petrucci will ride in their 2016 colours for the first time during testing at Sepang from February 1-3.
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