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Ducati art project reaches its conclusion

Ducati art project reaches its conclusion

Ducati art project reaches its conclusion

The Ducati team marked a historic debut season in the MotoGP class with 8 podiums and a sensational win at Catalunya by Loris Capirossi.

Always a flamboyant and slightly glamorous addition to the paddock, the Italian squad have embarked on some advanced methods of promotion in their maiden campaign including several ‘parades', an efficient press service and a strange ‘Speedart' concept, the first parts of which you may have already seen on these pages.

The project, which has already seen factory riders Capirossi and Troy Bayliss (who both placed in the top six of the Championship) pose naked, is a four part futuristic portrayal of the Desmosedici machine with latest instalment involving the pair donning a speed cyclist's attire and making friends with some lizards! The complete series was presented at the final GP of the year in Valencia with the duo again shedding their clothes in the final image with their blushes saved by some strategically placed ‘clouds' as they hover angelically in the ‘heavens', worshipping the winners trophy from Barcelona.

The vision of renowned photographer Gérard Rancinan, the idea for the shoot reflected the evolution of the Ducati prototype and naturally had to involve the two main protagonists. "When I first heard about the idea I thought it sounded a bit mad," commented Bayliss. "However once we got into the studio it was quite fun and I was impressed by the end result. It is always nice and sometimes interesting to do stuff like this away from the track."

A photo montage of the making of the third lizard-adorned image can be viewed by clicking on the link.

MotoGP, 2003

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