Ducati unveils 2011 contender in Italy
12 January 2011 – Maintaining tradition, Italian ski resort Madonna di Campiglio was the venue on Wednesday as Ducati launched its new bike, the Desmosedici GP11. This season marks a significant one for the outfit, as multiple Champion Valentino Rossi rejoins 2006 title winner Nicky Hayden as a team-mate by switching from Yamaha.
“The 2011 season opens a sort of third phase for our MotoGP project,” commented Claudio Domenicali, the General Director of Ducati Motor Holding. “The first was with Loris Capirossi, who in just six races took the Desmosedici to its first win. The second brought the world championship crown, thanks to Casey Stoner, in 2007.
“The big news for 2011, which opens a third phase, is the arrival of Valentino Rossi in the team; it’s an important phase for our company which relies a lot on research and development and which uses the MotoGP series not only as a venue for winning, but also as a laboratory for advanced research.
“Valentino is universally recognised as a master at taking a bike to its limits, but also at providing feedback that’s extremely useful for development. We think this skill will give us a big push for improving our engineering and to always give our fans the best bikes possible.”