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Sport Bagnaia promoted to Ducati's factory team as Dovizioso's replacement

15:39  30 september  2020
15:39  30 september  2020 Source:   performgroup.com

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Ducati has confirmed it has agreed a new two-year MotoGP deal with Francesco Bagnaia and will retain Johann Zarco for 2021, though is yet to decide their teams .

Last week, Andrea Dovizioso announced he would be leaving Ducati at the end of 2021, with Bagnaia , Zarco and three-time MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo all linked to the vacant spot. Dovizioso ' s current teammate Danilo Petrucci has already signed to join Tech 3 KTM next year.

a person riding a motorcycle on a track: Francesco Bagnaia in action © Getty Images Francesco Bagnaia in action

Francesco Bagnaia has been chosen as Andrea Dovizioso's replacement for Ducati's factory team in the 2021 MotoGP season.

The Italian will link up with current Pramac Racing team-mate Jack Miller in an exciting factory line-up, with Dovizioso having announced in Austria last month he would not remain with Ducati beyond 2020.

Bagnaia has enjoyed an impressive campaign thus far, with only a mechanical issue denying him a maiden podium in Jerez.

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  Emilia Romagna MotoGP: Bagnaia beats Misano lap record to top FP3 Pramac Ducati's Francesco Bagnaia blitzed the Misano lap record to top third practice for the MotoGP Emilia Romagna Grand Prix despite suffering a late crash .The cooler track conditions caught out a couple of riders in the early stages of FP3, with Pramac's Jack Miller crashing at the first corner just a few minutes in.This was followed shortly afterwards by Tech3's Miguel Oliveira, who slid off his KTM at the Turn 8 Quercia corner.

Ducati has confirmed it has agreed a new two-year MotoGP deal with Francesco Bagnaia and will retain Johann Dovizioso ' s current teammate Danilo Petrucci has already signed to join Tech 3 KTM next year. “It’ s too early for us to say if we continue with Pramac or he will move to the factory team .

Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso does not expect the Italian manufacturer to make a swift decision over its 2020 line-up, despite Danilo Petrucci' s breakthrough win at Mugello. Ducati promoted Petrucci to its works line-up on a one-year deal this year, and has made it clear it is also

A fractured leg sustained during the Czech Republic Grand Prix weekend meant he missed three races but he returned with a fantastic second-place finish at Misano and only an untimely crash prevented him winning at the same venue a week later.

"I chose to be a Ducati rider even before becoming the Moto2 World Champion in 2018 and they chose me even before knowing that one day I would become one," Bagnaia said.

"This was our bet, because up until that moment I had always been a fast rider, but I didn't have anything concrete in my pocket: Ducati decided to believe it even before everyone else. We didn't know how it was going to go, but to date, if I had to go back, I'd do it all over again.

"My MotoGP debut was complicated, but at Ducati they never questioned me: they gave me all the support and trust a rookie needs and they let me experience in 2019.

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After Ducati ’ s main targets for a 2021 ride, Maverick Vinales, Fabio Quartararo and Joan Mir, all slipped through its fingers, Miller became the favourite for a move into the factory team . Commenting on his new ride, Miller said: “It is an honour to be able to continue my MotoGP career with Ducati .

Ducati has announced that Danilo Petrucci will step up to its factory MotoGP team in 2019 as a replacement as a replacement for Honda-bound Jorge Lorenzo. He will partner Andrea Dovizioso for 2019 on what is currently a one-year agreement. "It goes without saying that for me, being part of

"I listened to them, I trusted them, together we learned to know and understand each other, and now we form a great team.

"They taught me a working method that allowed us to take away some great satisfaction and I think this is just the beginning.

"Today I am the happiest person in the world, for me it is a dream come true: being an official Ducati rider has always been my ambition and I have succeeded together with all those who have always believed in me even when things did not go right."

Johann Zarco had been another linked to the ride but he will instead join Pramac as a works rider, while retired three-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo had put himself in the frame.

Miller was already known to be making the step up to the factory set up with Danilo Petrucci joining the KTM Tech 3 team.

Bagnaia: Lead crash in Emilia Romagna GP caused by "something dirty on track"

  Bagnaia: Lead crash in Emilia Romagna GP caused by Francesco Bagnaia believes his crash out of a commanding MotoGP Emilia Romagna Grand Prix lead was caused by a visor tearoff or "something dirty on track"The Pramac rider took the lead on lap six and quickly built up an advantage of over one second to the chasing Yamaha of Maverick Vinales.

Dovizioso , 34, has won 13 races since joining Ducati in 2013, finishing runner-up in the championship in the last three seasons, but talks over a new contract had stalled this year. Team manager Davide Tardozzi said on Friday that Dovizioso ' s future with the team would be decided after next weekend' s

Andrea Dovizioso says he doesn't want to "copy" what the Pramac Ducati riders are doing with the GP20, despite Francesco Bagnaia qualifying third for the MotoGP Andalusian Grand Prix.

The future of Dovizioso, who led the riders' standings prior to a poor weekend at the Catalan Grand Prix, remains unknown although he has been linked with a switch to Aprilia.


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