The Ducati Team has presented its 2021 MotoGP livery to be used by the new rider line-up of Jack Miller and Francesco Bagnaia, during an online launch.

The usual red livery remains, although Lenovo has become 'title partner'.

There have been bigger changes in terms of the rider line-up, with Ducati changing both its factory team riders for the first time since joining MotoGP in 2003.

Previously, Ducati always retained at least one rider from the previous season for continuity purposes - Loris Capirossi overlapping with Casey Stoner, who overlapped with Nicky Hayden, who overlapped with Andrea Dovizioso.

But out have gone triple title runner-up Dovizioso (14 race wins for Ducati) and team-mate Danilo Petrucci (2 wins) to be replaced by rising stars Miller and Bagnaia, arriving from the Pramac team.

While Miller, 26, and Bagnaia, 24, are yet to win a race for Ducati, the Australian has already stood on the top step of a MotoGP podium, with Marc VDS Honda at the wet Dutch TT in 2016.

And although Dovizioso again finished as the top Ducati rider in last season's world championship, with fourth overall, Miller took the most Ducati podiums (four) despite technical problems at Misano and Le Mans, then being taken out at Aragon.

"I've definitely got some big shoes to fill, but being in the Ducati family for the last three years has been amazing and to be here wearing these [factory] colours is an amazing feeling," Miller said. "We'll try our best to bring the championship home."

2018 Moto2 world champion Bagnaia also suffered mechanical trouble, costing him a debut rostrum at Jerez, then suffered a leg fracture in practice at Brno. But the Italian fought back with a rostrum at his home Misano round and looked on course for victory a week later until crashing out.

"I think both of them are really close to being able to challenge for the championship," Ducati Corse general manager Gigi Dall’Igna said of Miller and Bagnaia.

"Jack is a rider with incredible talent who came up with an amazing season finale," Dall’Igna continued. "In the last two races of the year he made zero mistakes in my opinion. For me, he has to understand that he can challenge for the championship and that sometimes it's better to settle rather than risk too much."

"For me, one of Pecco's best features is that he knows how to push the front tyre to the limit, like very few other riders are able to do," Dall’Igna added.

"Our goal must be to win the riders' world championship, or better still, both championships."

The special Covid MotoGP technical freeze means the 2021 Desmosedici's engine is unchanged from last year's GP20. However, unlike last year, one aerodynamic update will be allowed once racing gets underway.

Otherwise, Dall’Igna's team of engineers have been restricted to working on chassis developments, electronics and engine peripherals.

"Being copied by the Japanese is a compliment," Dall’Igna said at the presentation, referring to the recent innovations such as wings, starting devices and ride-height adjusters introduced by Ducati.

Miller and Bagnaia are due to make their Ducati Team track debut during the start of official pre-season testing, in Qatar in early March.

The Ducati Team's 2020 MotoGP livery:

 

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