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By Gresini Racing

Lift off for Del Conca Gresini Moto3™

Martin and Di Giannantonio on hand to unveil 2017 challengers in Italy

Del Conca Gresini Moto3 launched their 2017 campaign in Faenza, Italy, on Friday, with riders Jorge Martin and Fabio Di Giannantonio (Moto3™) pulling the covers off the Italian outfit's lightweight class machines for the new season.

2016 Moto3™ Rookie of the Year contender Fabio Di Giannantonio is returning to Del Conca Gresini Moto3 after some stunning performances on his debut, now to be partnered for 2017 by new arrival Jorge Martin.

Fabio Di Giannantonio: "Last year I faced my first season in the World Championship with the Gresini Moto3 team and I enjoyed it a lot, growing and collecting a lot of experience. Now we are ready to restart together for the 2017 season and undoubtedly our target is to do very well. We will try to make every race a good race, try to fight for something important! Today we took the covers off my new bike and what I can say now, waiting to get back on track at the Valencia test scheduled in a few days, is that it’s really beautiful! I particularly like the new livery as it’s at the same time aggressive and elegant, with many white areas: I believe we can do great things together! In the tests carried out last November we could try some changes to the bike that we liked; now, in the upcoming test we will continue to work to try to get prepared in the best possible way to the opening round. We are ready and excited for this new challenge!”

Jorge Martin: "Today kicks off a great season for all of us. I trained hard over the winter and now I’m full of energy to get back in action! I’m very pleased to be joining this team, I think we can do a great job together and achieve great results. Now we just wait to get back on track in a few days to return to work, but I’m confident because already last November, in my first outing on the Honda, I felt very comfortable and I was able to be fast right away. The bike is different from the one I rode so far in my career in the World Championship, but I loved it from the first moment. We can still grow and I’m convinced that we can fight for the top positions: it won’t be easy, but we have the potential to do it!”

Fausto Gresini, Team Manager: "I would first like to thank once again Del Conca, which have embraced this ambitious project with a lot of enthusiasm. We can definitely claim to be a top team in the category and we believe we have the credentials to fight for the World title, as actually we did in the last two seasons. Di Giannantonio already achieved great results in 2016, so we expect a lot from him because he can now count on more experience. On the other hand, Martin accumulated a good experience in the past years and I like him a lot as a rider: he’s talented and I think he will give us great satisfaction. Moreover, the choice of Jorge falls in order to have a team with two potentially winning riders: this is the goal of the Team Del Conca Gresini Moto3. We don’t feel pressure, we feel ready and prepared to face this challenge."