Ducati have inked a deal with Dorna Sports which will enable them to continue in MotoGP until 2026.
Ducati have agreed a deal which will enable them to continue to compete in MotoGP until 2026, signing a deal for the 2022 to 2026 seasons. The 2007 World Champions will support 6 riders in MotoGP for 2021 with Jack Miller and Francesco Bagnaia in the factory team, Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco running in the Pramac set up and last but not least 2020 Moto2 World Champion Enea Bastianini riding for Avintia Ducati with Ducati Corse support and Luca Marini riding for the Sky VR46 Avintia team which is part of the Avintia MotoGP set up with different key members of the team compared to Bastinaini, he will also receive Ducati support.
Ducati will continue to put their efforts into becoming the MotoGP world champions, the confidence is high with the manufacturer being able to sign all three rookies for 2021 including the championship winner and runner up.
Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO: “Racing has always been a truly fundamental part of the Ducati brand and will remain so in the future. In fact, it represents not only a way to fuel the passion and cheer of the Ducatisti all over the world, but also an advanced research laboratory where the most sophisticated materials and the most innovative design methods are tested. It is also the training ground where our young engineers grow to provide our customers with state-of-the-art motorbikes in terms of technology and emotionality of use, as the Superleggera V4 and Multistrada V4 recently demonstrated.
“In both cases, although with very different declinations, the experience gained in MotoGP has been fundamental. This renewed agreement confirms that, while we plan to continue to expand our product range outside of the world of sports bikes, the track and high-performance motorbikes remain a central element for Ducati. I want to thank Dorna Sports and, in particular, Carmelo Ezpeleta for their great work over the years that has made MotoGP a truly extraordinary media platform.”
Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO Dorna Sports SL: “Dorna Sports is proud of the continuation of the partnership with Ducati and thanks to the factory for its loyalty to the series. We have been honoured to accompany the iconic Italian manufacturer as they achieved past milestones and are excited to share this new episode in its history with two bright young stars such as Jack Miller and ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia. Their potential and talent will definitely be one of the assets of the 2021 FIM MotoGP World Championship we are about to start.”
Gigi Dall’Igna, Ducati Corse General Manager: “We are happy to be able to confirm our participation in MotoGP until the end of 2026. In recent years the Desmosedici GP has proven to be one of the most competitive bikes on the grid, and the 2020 Constructors’ World Title is further proof of this. Even though this year’s regulations will not allow for significant technical developments, we will face the 2021 season with the same passion and dedication. The goal is to fight for the MotoGP title with our two new riders and prepare the groundwork for our future commitment to the Championship.”
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