Gresini Racing has officially become the first MotoGP team to launch its squad ahead of the start of the 2022 season. Choosing a place in Faenza, Italy, they showcased two new riders and a new style of motorbike on Saturday (15/1/2022).
Gresini Racing was formed by the late two-time GP125 world champion, Fausto Gresini, in 1997 and since then has always competed in the highest class (GP500/MotoGP). They are known for their close relationship with Honda and Aprilia, but this season they have a new partner.
After Fausto Gresini died in early 2021 due to Covid-19, this squad also changed direction in navigating the competition in MotoGP. Want to know the cool patterns of Gresini Racing motorbikes this year? Here’s a photo gallery and interesting facts about their team.
After becoming a Honda satellite team in 1997-2014, Gresini had merged with the Aprilia Racing factory team structure in 2015-2021. Now, they are back to being a completely independent team, under the banner of Ducati Corse.
Gresini fielded two young Italian riders, Enea Bastianini and Fabio di Giannantonio. ‘Bestia’ and ‘Diggia’ have also teamed up at Gresini Racing Moto3 in 2015 and 2016. Both will get the Desmosedici GP21, the bike used by Pecco Bagnaia and Jack Miller last year.
This year, Gresini uses a unique pattern, a color rarely seen in MotoGP. In accordance with their promise in August 2021, Gresini wears the color ‘Pantone 2122’, which is the color of the sky, air, and breath which they think represents new and youthful energy.
Bastianini, who is the 2020 Moto2 world champion, will be in his second year in MotoGP. Last year, he had defended Ducati, took shelter in the Avintia Esponsorama squad, and partnered with Luca Marini who was under the Sky VR46 Avintia squad.
Last season, Bastianini just rode the Desmosedici GP19, an old motorbike that was two years old. Although the engine is not as strong as the factory team’s engine, he managed to get two podiums after finishing third in the San Marino Series and Emilia Romagna.
Unfortunately, despite successfully collecting two trophies in his debut season in MotoGP, Bastianini still did not get the Desmosedici GP22 motorbike, which is the latest spec. Marini, who did not achieve a single podium, will instead get a GP22 in the Mooney VR46 Racing Team this season.
This season, Bastianini will also partner with Giannantonio, who uniquely has been his rival since childhood, when they were still competing in the minimoto event.
Giannantonio moved up to MotoGP after spending three years in Moto3 and three years in Moto2. His best achievement is being runner-up in Moto3 2018, behind Jorge Martin, who is now also defending Ducati through Pramac Racing.
‘Diggia’ is one of the five MotoGP debutants in 2022. He will look to win the rookie of the year title against Remy Gardner, Raul Fernandez, Marco Bezzecchi and Darryn Binder.
By defending Ducati, Giannantonio is following in the footsteps of his idol, Troy Bayliss, who is a three-time WorldSBK champion and a Ducati icon. Unfortunately, he could not continue to use the racing number 21 like Bayliss, because that number was already used by Franco Morbidelli. Giannantonio will also race with number 49.