In the run-up to the Aragon Grand Prix, up to three Ducati riders claimed they did not know which Desmosedici model they were going to race with next season. This was assured by Luca Marini, Fabio Di Giannantonio and Marco Bezzecchi, admitting that they trusted their team, but they did not know the version of the motorcycle that they were going to put in their hands, a situation that the manufacturer resolved on Thursday afternoon.
The Bologna-based team will return to the fray next season with eight bikes on the grid, the two from the official team with Pecco Bagnaia and Enea Bastianini, those from the associated Pramac team with Jorge Martín and Johann Zarco and the Gresini satellites, with Di Giannantonio and Alex Márquez, and VR46, with Marini and Bezzecchi.
Logically, each rider will have two prototypes in his garage, a total of 16 bikes, of which half will be with the 2023 technical specifications and engine, while the rest will be the bikes with the 2022 engine.
In addition to Bagnaia and Bastianini, the Pramac riders will enjoy, on paper, the same material, as long as Pecco does not repeat a situation like last year, who at the last moment decided to discard the latest model 2022 engine and return to a Hybrid machinery between the 2021 and 2022 engine tested in the November test of last year in Jerez.
This made it necessary to carry the weight of the evolution of this year’s machinery on the backs of Martín and Zarco, who dedicated the first half of the season to testing innumerable pieces that were coming out of the Borgo Panigale laboratory.
The evolution of this year’s bike, in the second part of the championship, has taken a brutal leap, and Bagnaia, with six victories, four of them consecutive at Assen, Silverstone, Spielberg and Misano, has closed the debate on whether his change course in the choice of engine was correct.
Despite this, Ducati does not plan to use the hybrid drive anymore and this Thursday night, after meeting with those responsible for Gresini and VR46, the agreement was closed for the supply of complete 2022 motorcycles, with all the evolution of this year and the best aerodynamic package.
For Bagnaia, Martín and Zarco the motorcycle jump will be the usual one, from one year to the next, while Bastianini, who is making his official debut, will go from a 2021 motorcycle to a 2023 without an intermediate step.
For Bezzecchi and Di Giannantonio it will also be a big step forward, since this year they race with the 2020 bike, while Marini, who already had the 2022 model this year, will stay a bit in the same situation.
For Alex Márquez, who comes to Gresini from LCR-Honda, the Desmosedici GP22 will be a total novelty and a radical change from the unruly RC213V in Tokyo.