Ducati set to unveil GP20 challenger

Andrea Dovizioso's bike in the paddock at Valencia testing 2019

Ducati Team will unveil their 2020 MotoGP™ bike in Italy on Thursday (Friday 23 January 6.00am AEDT) ahead of what looms as a crucial season for the manufacturer.

The launch will take place in Bologna and will provide fans with a first glimpse of the bike to be ridden by Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci in the 2020 campaign.

In a brief media statement, Ducati added the unveiling would be “live-streamed on the official Ducati channels”.

Dovizioso finished 2019 as runner-up to world champion Marc Marquez for the third year in a row, but the margin between the pair grew significantly as the Spaniard coasted to his sixth MotoGP™ title.

Ducati have not won the world championship since Australian Casey Stoner achieved the feat in 2007 and they are desperate to end their drought.

Change could be on the cards if that does not happen but Dovizioso will hope his new bike can seriously push Marquez ahead of the much-anticipated 2020 season.

Dovizioso’s teammate, Danilo Petrucci, finished sixth in last year’s standings after being promoted from the Pramac Racing Team.

Australian rider Jack Miller, currently with Pramac, has made no secret of his 2020 aim - winning a spot on the factory Ducati team.

The Townsville product enjoyed his career-best MotoGP™ season in 2019, finishing on the podium five times.

Miller, who finished eighth in the rider standings, recently told Autosport: “My main goal is to go to the factory Ducati [team].”

MotoGP™ testing will resume in Sepang on February 7.

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