Marquez and Di Giannantonio showcase Gresini Ducati colours| Christina Bulpett | MotoGP
Alex Marquez and Fabio Di Giannantonio spearheaded the Gresini launch on Saturday morning as all three classes were unveiled.
The traditional light-blue livery was flashed with Ducati red as Marquez officially made the move from Honda to replace the promoted Enea Bastianini for 2023 while Fausto’s legacy remained the driving force for the family-run Bologna satellite.
Marquez will be hoping to hit the ground running on the Desmosedici if he’s to emulate the success of the number 23, who racked up four visits to the top step amongst his six podiums last season before joining the factory Ducati team for the coming year.
Nadia Padovani continues as team principal for the Grand Prix team with Luca Gresini heading both the Moto2 and MotoE projects. Frankie Carchedi moves from the disbanded Suzuki squad to crew chief ‘Diggia’ while Donatello Giovanotti will work alongside Marquez.
Matteo Ferrari once again partners Alessio Finello as the electronic class switches from Energica to Ducati machinery, vibrant neon yellow highlighting the Felo title partnership, while the intermediate class sees Jeremy Alcoba join Filip Salac aboard the red-set QJMotor sponsored Kalex.
“Today is a really special day: to see this team so tight together and ready is a thing that brings great emotions,” Marquez said from the launch. “To be here at this presentation is a very special thing. To see so much eagerness and excitement within the team and the people that came see us is something I really like.
“Now the work starts, for a preseason that hopefully with enable us to be 100 per cent ready for the first race at Portimão. The goal is to have a great start to the season because it will set the pace for the rest of 2023. We have the tools and the will to do well; it won’t be easy, obviously, but the right approach helps a lot in these scenarios.”
“We start 2023 with a pinch more of red, which stands for determination, passion, fire,” Di Giannantonio explained. “I’m eager to continue growing and do well.
“We want to take this new season race by race, with the awareness that this is the right time: the top ten should be the regular occurrence, while top five a realistic goal. The team is charged up and I trained 300 per cent hard for this year – we’re ready!”