The seasoned Italian team, which has raced in the premier class full-time since 2002 – having made its debut in 1998 – returns to racing as a truly independent team in 2022 after a seven-year stint from 2015 as an Aprilia factory participant.
The team was rocked in February last year when founder and team leader Fausto Gresini tragically died of COVID-19.
While the team admitted later in the year that they were initially unsure of surviving the loss, Gresini Racing continued with their plans for 2022 as the late Gresini’s wife, Nadia Padovani, took on bar.
Signing a two-year deal with Ducati to field GP21s from this year, Gresini will lead MotoGP double-stage finisher Enea Bastianini – who hails from the defunct Avintia team – and Moto2 graduate Fabio Di Giannantonio.
During its launch presentation on Saturday morning, Gresini unveiled its all-new color scheme – designed by Aldo Drudi – adorning its Ducatis satellite.
“We finally present a project that we strongly believe in and have worked tirelessly for over the past year,” Padovani said.
“We are very motivated and we ended up being the first MotoGP team to appear; Plus, I think our bikes look great – and I hope everyone else will too.
“I would like to think that Fausto looks down on us and is proud of his family.
“There is almost no distinction between natural families and working families, we are one.
“I must say that I saw Diggia and Enea in great shape and eager to start: we aim to be among the protagonists and sometimes show up at the parc fermé.”
Due to its MotoGP project for 2022, Gresini has reduced its presence in the other classes by ending its Moto3 programme.
Gresini will be one of four teams using Ducati machinery in 2022 alongside the brand’s factory squad, Pramac Racing and Valentino Rossi’s VR46 team – who have taken over grid spots from Avintia.
Ducati general manager Gigi Dall’Igna confirmed at the team’s launch that Gresini will have the “full support” of Ducati Corse in 2022.