Ducati Corse finally unveiled the official paint scheme of the perimeter frame Ducati Desmosedici GP12 in a nearly hourlong online presentation from company headquarter’s in the Bologna suburb of Borgo Panigale this morning. And as soon as the wraps were taken off riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden tweeted photos of the bikes in the red, white, and green colors of the Italian flag. Not long after Ducati released the official studio photos of the machines.
The bike wasn’t presented at the team intro in the Italian Dolomites on the first week in January, which was a disappointment and caused speculation about the progress of the all-new machines. Since then it has been tested twice in Sepang, at the beginning and end of February, but always in the carbon fiber black bodywork of a test mule. This morning was the first time the public got a chance to see what the machines will look like when Rossi and Hayden take to the test track later this week for the final final pre-season MotoGP test in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
Rossi and Hayden are hoping for progress in the final test. Rossi admitted during the presentation that the second Sepang test wasn’t as encouraging as the first test had been. Now they have three more testing days to get ready before the MotoGP season starts under the lights at the Losail International Circuit in Doha, Qatar on the first weekend in April.
The main difference between the Hayden and Rossi machines is the greenish yellow detailing on the Rossi machine, on the number, the nose piece, and the side panels.