Ducati is pleased to announce that Piero Ricciuti will defend the colours of the Ducati Lenovo™ eSport Team in the 2022 MotoGP eSport Championship. Born in Ancona (Italy) on 25/11/2003, Piero is one of the most promising youngsters in virtual competitions played with the official MotoGP videogame, where he is known by the nickname "PieroRicciuti55".
In 2019, at only 16 years old, Piero managed to qualify for the Championship but was forced to drop out as he did not meet the age requirements. In 2020, the e-rider from the Marche region participated again in the 'Pro Draft' selections, finishing third. The same year he took part in the last round of the World Championship, while 2021 saw his participation in the entire Championship, in which he finished second overall. This year Piero, controlling the virtual Desmosedici GP, aims for the World Title that Ducati had already won in 2018 and 2019.
The 2022 MotoGP eSport Championship will consist of five rounds of two races each, two of which will be held on-site on Lenovo Legion™ PCs. The first round will take place at the Mugello Circuit, while the last two races will be held during the Grand Prix of the Comunitat Valenciana in Cheste (Spain).
Paolo Ciabatti (Ducati Corse Sporting Director)
"We are happy to welcome Piero to the Ducati Lenovo™ eSport Team. Piero has already demonstrated his prowess in the Pro Draft Europe 2022, where he dominated all four events, so we expect great things from him. Good luck, and see you at Mugello for the first two races!"
Piero Ricciuti aka "PieroRicciuti55" (#55 Ducati Lenovo eSport Team)
"I am thrilled and honoured to join the Ducati Lenovo™ eSport Team for 2022. Wearing the Ducati colours is a dream for me, and I can't wait for the Championship to start! It will be a crucial year for me. I'm sure that thanks to the support of Lenovo™, we can achieve great things! The first race is just around the corner! Full gas!"