The Ducati Lenovo MotoGP team originally planned to hold its official 2022 season kick-off event on January 28, just before the Sepang test weekend. Unfortunately, while the 2022 MotoGP season is not yet underway, the pandemic is already doing its best to derail team planning efforts. Jack Miller trained at home in Australia during the break and unfortunately tested positive for COVID.
Miller is thankfully asymptomatic but is also unlikely to be able to leave Australia in time to arrive in Europe for scheduled Ducati Corse activities. He is currently in home isolation and is due for a second PCR test next week to assess the situation. As a result, Ducati Corse will now postpone the official launch of its 2022 MotoGP team to February 7, 2022. If you had the old date marked in your calendar, now is the time to revise it.
“Unfortunately I tested positive for Covid-19 which means I can’t travel to Europe. I’m still at home in Australia and I’m fine. As I don’t have any symptoms, at least I can continue my training. I miss you all and will see you in Sepang for the test,” Miller said in a statement.
When MotoGP teams hold their annual launch events in the months leading up to the upcoming season, we usually get a glimpse of the team’s riders, new bikes and new liveries for the year at the same time. As the Sepang test will still take place as scheduled, Ducati Corse’s 2022 livery will also be revealed ahead of the team’s official launch for 2022, due to the need for a postponement.
With the new plan in place, Ducati Corse announces that it will unveil the 2022 Ducati Lenovo Team livery on January 31, ahead of the official MotoGP Shakedown test. This test is currently scheduled to last from January 31 to February 2 at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. At this event, Michele Pirro and the Ducati test team will put the new bike through its paces on the track.