Ben Spies’ new Pramac Racing Ducati Desmosedici GP13 unveiled

Bologna (Italy) – Last September Corse announced that Ben Spies
had been signed to race for the Pramac Racing Team in the 2013 MotoGP World
Championship. Last night, the American’s Ducati Desmosedici GP13 was officially unveiled
at Wrooom 2013, the traditional Press Ski Meeting in Madonna di Campiglio that
symbolically launches the forthcoming MotoGP season.

Ducati Desmosedici GP13

Ducati Desmosedici GP13

Photo by: Ducati Corse

Ducati has a long relationship with Pramac Team Principal Paolo Campinoti, whose squad
is now factory-supported. Under the guidance of Team Manager Francesco Guidotti, Pramac
Racing will play a key role in the development of the Ducati Desmosedici GP13, and Ben
Spies’ experience and talent will be essential to the project. In addition to being a
winner and six-time podium finisher in MotoGP, the Texan won the 2009 Superbike World
Championship and is a three-time AMA Superbike Champion.

Spies’ Ignite Pramac Racing Team Ducati Desmosedici GP13 prominently features the logo
of new sponsor Ignite Asset Management, a New York-based, alternative-asset-management
firm led by a group of hedge-fund industry veterans and supported by private investors
with a passion for motorsports.

Paolo Ciabatti (Ducati Corse MotoGP Project Director) “We’re very pleased with the
agreement we’ve reached with Ignite Pramac Racing Team for 2013, which has the Francesco
Guidotti-run team taking on factory-supported status, with an even closer link to
Ducati’s racing department. This is also demonstrated with the presence for the first
time of Pramac Racing Team at Wrooom, the fantastic event taking place in Madonna di
Campiglio. We’re very confident that Ben Spies will be able to use his talents to help
us with the development of the bike and to achieve the results we’re after more quickly,
and we thank the sponsor Ignite Asset Management for its support on this project.”

Francesco Guidotti (Ignite Pramac Racing Team Manager) “Pramac Racing Team is
honoured to welcome Ben Spies, who has enormous talent and a spectacular riding style.
We’re expecting a big challenge, but thanks to the important support of sponsor Ignite
Asset Management and our new status as a Ducati factory-supported team, we are sure we
will live up to expectations. With Ben, we’ll endeavour to speed up the development
process on the bike to achieve our objectives as soon as possible. We’re
enthusiastically looking forward to the 2013 season.”

Ben Spies (Ignite Pramac Racing Team Rider) “I am excited to be a part of the
Ducati family. This is something I’ve wanted from the beginning of my racing career. My
team and I have our work cut out for us and new goals to meet, but we’ll benefit from
factory support and Audi coming on board. Ducati has four strong riders with different
styles, which should improve the Desmosedici and bring it back up to the top where it
belongs.”

Audi Ducati Team

Special thanks to:
motorsport.com