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Ducati officially unveil Desmosedici GP8 in Italy

Ducati officially unveil Desmosedici GP8 in Italy

As the Ducati Marlboro team formally launch their 2008 MotoGP project this week in the Italian ski resort of Madonna di Campiglio the team have officially unveiled the new Desmosedici GP8.

As the Ducati Marlboro team formally launch their 2008 MotoGP project this week in the Italian ski resort of Madonna di Campiglio the team have officially unveiled the new Desmosedici GP8.

In snowy surroundings and from behind an ice sculpture Ducati's reigning MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner and his new team-mate Marco Melandri revealed an updated edition of the 800cc machine which brought the team title glory in 2007.

The 2008 prototype is aesthetically similar to the highly successful Desmosedici GP7, with no radical surgery required following the Borgo Panigale factory's unprecedented achievements last season and updates mainly related to internal parts.

Starting from a solid basis, Ducati Corse technical director Filippo Preziosi aimed at refining a winning machine, strengthening its weak points to improve on what was already a highly competitive bike. The new version made its first public outing in late November at Jerez, in a test session which saw Stoner topping the timesheets on the two first days before sitting out the final day through injury.

The Desmosedici GP8 will get its next on-track outing later this month when testing resumes at Sepang, Malaysia, on 22nd January.

Ducati also unveiled a new sponsor at their annual Wrooom launch event, announcing their agreement with Enel, the Italian energy group. As the biggest electricity company in Italy and one of the biggest in Europe, Enel join a list of blue-chip Ducati partners and sponsors.

As a result of the two-year deal, the Enel brand will feature on the new Desmosedici GP8 as well as the leathers and helmets of both Ducati factory riders, with Gabriele Del Torchio, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, commenting. "This partnership, like all the other prestigious agreements that support us in the highly demanding MotoGP challenge, confirms the level of credibility achieved by our brand and professionalism."

"Enel will be not only our partner in MotoGP, but also our official energy supplier, therefore actually contributing to the growth and development of our company."

Footage from Ducati's 2008 Wrooom launch event will be available throughout the week from motogp.com.

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MotoGP, 2008, Ducati Marlboro Team

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