Ducati pulled the wraps off the motorcycle that it will contest the 2019 MotoGP World Championship on. Feast your eyes on the new and improved Desmosedici GP19 racer. Factory team riders Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci unveiled their racebike during a ceremony in the Swiss town of Neuchâtel.

Ducati 2019 Desmosedici GP19 MotoGP prototype
This is Ducati’s 2019 Desmosedici GP19 MotoGP prototype.Ducati Motor Holding

The factory bikes are emblazoned with new sponsorship from Mission Winnow—a company affiliated with Philip Morris International, that among other things develops safer alternatives to smoking cigarettes.

Ducati 2019 Desmosedici GP19 MotoGP prototype
Ducati says its 2019 GP bike is good for upwards of 218 mph.Ducati Motor Holding

"Racing has always been part of Ducati's DNA," Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali says. "The solutions and expertise gathered on track represent an asset that is directly tied to our product line, and the MotoGP project is crucial for us to produce models that are more performing, exciting and safe to ride for all our passionate fans."

Andrea Dovizioso
Andrea Dovizioso returns to the factory team for the 2019 season.Ducati Motor Holding

“2018 was another important season for us in MotoGP, one that saw us grow and improve again—both from a technical and a sporting point of view—for the fourth consecutive season,” added Luigi Dall’Igna, Ducati Corse GM. “We were very competitive even on tracks that have traditionally been more difficult for us, and we achieved more victories and podiums overall compared with 2017. However, our direct competitors have also improved. We must do better and improve more than what we have done in recent years, bringing new ideas and evolutions to cover all the possible areas.”

Ducati 2019 Desmosedici GP19 MotoGP prototype
The start of the MotoGP season is right around the corner with the first preseason test at Malaysia’s Sepang circuit next month.Ducati Motor Holding

The GP19 features a water-cooled 1,000cc V-4 engine that’s said to produce more than 250 hp, pushing it to a top speed of over 218 mph. Dry weight is listed at 346.1 pounds.

Ducati 2019 Desmosedici GP19 MotoGP prototype
Office space. This is the desk where Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci will work from for the 2019 MotoGP season.Ducati Motor Holding

The 2019 Mission Winnow Ducati MotoGP team will make its debut on track the first week of February during the first official preseason test at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia.

Ducati 2019 Desmosedici GP19 MotoGP prototype
The GP19 sports astounding performance numbers including a dry weight of 346.1 pounds and a V-4 engine that produces more than 250 hp.Ducati Motor Holding

Technical Specifications

Price: N/A
Engine: 1,000cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC V-4
Transmission/Final Drive: Ducati Seamless Transmission/chain
Claimed Horsepower: Over 250
Claimed Torque: N/A
Frame: Aluminum alloy evo twin-spar
Front Suspension: Öhlins inverted 48mm fork
Rear Suspension: Öhlins rear shock adjustable for preload, new factory evolution damping system
Front Brakes: Brembo, two 340mm carbon front discs w/ four-piston calipers
Rear Brake: Single stainless steel rear disc w/ Brembo two-piston caliper
Rake/Trail: N/A
Wheelbase: N/A
Seat Height: N/A
Fuel Capacity: N/A
Claimed Dry Weight: 346.1 pounds