Pramac Racing became the final MotoGP team to officially launch its bike for the 2018 season with its riders Danilo Petrucci and Jack Miller in Italy. The new pairing showcased the Ducati Desmosedici, with the former riding the GP18 while the latter getting the GP17 spec.
The livery remains largely similar to 2017 with the combination of white, dark blue and red. The outfit heads into the new season after a successful year in 2017 finishing fifth in the teams' standings - second best satellite outfit behind Tech 3 Yamaha.
Through Petrucci, it scored four outright podiums with the Italiam finishing eighth in the riders' standings with 124 points. He was partnered with Scott Redding, who was 14th with 64 points on the older spec Ducati.
For this season, Miller comes in to replace Redding from Marc VDS - the Australian's first chance on the Italian manufactured bike after riding the Honda for his previous outfit. Meanwhile, the riders enjoyed a solid pre-season test in Malaysia, Thailand and Qatar.
Petrucci finished 11th in Malaysia while he was ninth in Thailand and Qatar, but new teammate Miller had a better run to be fifth, sixth and 11th overall respectively to kick start his career on the Ducati on a strong note.
While the immediate battle is for 2018, but the team has already plans for the 2019 season with VR46 Academy rider Francesco Bagnaia in place to join the team in a multi-year deal. The Italian is expected to replace Petrucci, who wishes to join a manufacturer outfit.
Petrucci said: "I am very happy to race another year with Pramac Racing. I am the rider who has raced the most with these colours and I’m proud of it. We have always done great things since I arrived in 2015.
"This will be the most important season. I have an official bike, I have great expectations and with a year more of experience I will try to do better than last season"
Miller added: “I am happy to be here. The countdown is now finally over. This is the week of the first Grand Prix and I am excited and very motivated to start the season.
"We have made a very good job with the team so far, and I can’t wait to fly to Qatar and do my best. I have great expectations in this new adventure with Alma Pramac Racing."
Team Manager Francesco Guidotti commented: "Our goal is to improve year after year. In the 2017 season we made a great step forward thanks to the results obtained by Danilo Petrucci. We now welcome Jack Miller to the team and we have great expectations.
"I want to say good luck to our riders, engineers, technicians and all the staff of Alma Pramac Racing. An intense season awaits us and we will have to work with great concentration and enthusiasm if we want to do even better than last year."
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