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Motorcycles Motorcycling-Bagnaia to join Miller at works Ducati, Zarco to Pramac

15:45  30 september  2020
15:45  30 september  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Ducati has so far only officially announced Jack Miller as part of its 2021 line-up, with the Australian rider moving up from the satellite Pramac team to the works squad. Motorsport.com reported earlier in the year that Ducati had agreed a deal with KTM Moto2 rider Jorge Martin to join Pramac next year.

Australian Jack Miller will stay with Pramac Ducati next season after agreeing a contract extension, the MotoGP team said on Wednesday. " Pramac Racing is a team that made me feel comfortable right from the start and the relationship with Ducati is very close.

Sept 30 (Reuters) - Italian Francesco Bagnaia will join Australian Jack Miller at Ducati's factory MotoGP team next season with Frenchman Johann Zarco moving to Pramac Ducati as a fully-supported works rider, the Italian manufacturer announced on Wednesday.

Andrea Dovizioso, runner-up in the championship for the past three seasons, announced in August that he would not be staying at the main Ducati team beyond the end of the season.

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However, with Jack Miller currently the only Ducati rider on a 2021 contract at the factory squad, the Zarco news could mean Bagnaia actually moves He could potentially be reshuffled down to Avintia to replace Zarco , but he could also move up to join current team-mate Miller in the works squad.

Jack Miller says Ducati expects him to make a step up in 2020 from last year's haul of five MotoGP podiums, but that those expectations were already Last year was the Pramac rider’s first operating on machine parity with the factory Ducati team, and he managed to score five third-place finishes

The Italian has yet to detail his plans for next year.

Bagnaia and Miller, whose move was announced in May, are currently team mates at Pramac.

Double Moto2 champion Zarco, 30, will leave Avintia Ducati to team up with promoted Spanish Moto2 rider Jorge Martin, 22, in a fresh pairing.

Martin, the 2018 Moto3 champion, was a strong contender for the Moto2 title until he contracted COVID-19 and had to miss two races.

Bagnaia, 23, has had an impressive year despite missing three races due to a fractured tibia. The 2018 Moto2 champion returned to finish second at Misano on Sept. 13.

Avintia are expected to announce Italian Enea Bastianini as Zarco's replacement.

Ducati said all four official riders will ride the latest version of the Desmosedici bike with the same technical specifications. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Christian Radnedge)

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Bradley Smith topped a wet first practice for the MotoGP French Grand Prix on the Aprilia ahead of home hero Johann Zarco on the Avintia Ducati. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Bradley Smith, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Smith’s future beyond this weekend is uncertain as Andrea Iannone’s appeal to have his 18-month doping ban overturned will be heard on Thursday and could be in a position to return for the Aragon Grand Prix next weekend.

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