After trouncing all comers in 2007, the Ducati MotoGP effort is now underway for 2008. First off, Ducati have announced a new partnersip with Enel – the biggest electricity/gas company in Italy – who’ll be sponsoring the Ducati MotoGP team in 2008 and 2009. No, we won’t get into the flowery PR-speak of the two companies’ CEOs, but let’s just say Ducati’s MotoGP team won’t be short of money for at least the next two years.
Next up was the official unveiling of the 2008 Desmosedici GP8 machine, which Stoner and Melandri will race this year. The bike was unveiled yesterday, in the mountains of Madonna di Campiglio in Italy. During the press conference that followed, new Melandri said, ‘I'm really impressed with how people work at Ducati. Although they've already achieved the greatest goal – winning the world championship – they have continued to work relentlessly.’
Stoner, who was in Italy for the event (and who had to spend his first wedding anniversary on a flight from Australia…) said, ‘Winning a world championship has taken a big weight off my shoulders. All my parents' sacrifices, all the hard times in the past, it's all behind me now. This year, I'll continue to work in order to try and repeat my performance of last year and be even stronger and faster, but I'll be able to do that in a very different spirit.’ Bring on 2008, we say...!
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