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Ducati Desmosedici GP19 launched in Switzerland

The Ducati Desmosedici GP19 has been unveiled at the Mission Winnow Ducati Team presentation in Neuchatel, Switzerland.

Ducati veteran Andrea Dovizioso and new team-mate Danilo Petrucci unveiled the GP19, sporting an all red colour livery and host of new sponsors.

Andrea Dovizioso spoke at the event, reflecting on his 2018 season and looking to the future, "2018 was a very positive year for me. We started with a victory and, even if we had some ups and downs, the difficulties pushed us to look in new directions and half-way through the season we made a big step forward.

"I'm very happy with the work done with the team, we fought for the win basically throughout the second half of the championship and I think we'll make more improvements in the next tests to begin the season in the best possible way.

"The expectations are high, I have a great feeling with both the bike and my crew, and we can count on more experience. I'm happy to have Danilo alongside me in the garage, we know each other well and I believe we can fight on track but also work together to develop the package."

New recruit Danilo Petrucci had similar sentiments, "Last season was very important for me, my best ever in terms of points scored. Even if I barely missed my goal to finish first among independent riders, I still finished 2018 on an undoubtedly positive note.

"Racing with the factory colours makes me really proud and I can't wait to get started: I have a great feeling with my new crew, and the technical level is higher than ever.

"I'm very happy to pair with Andrea: not only is he a phenomenal rider, but also a wonderful person. We've known each other for a long time, and we started to train together with one goal: to both have a really strong season."

Sepang will host the first official pre-season test from February 6-9, which will be the first look at the new Ducati Desmosedici GP19 on track.

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