Ducati Corse reached an agreement with Danilo Petrucci which will see the Italian MotoGP racer join the Ducati Team beginning from the 2019 season. The 27-year-old rider has been promoted to the factory squad after four seasons racing for the factory-supported Pramac Racing Team. Now Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso will race as teammates in 2019, with the latter signed for two more seasons.
“It goes without saying that for me, being part of the factory team is a dream come true,” said Danilo Petrucci, who started in Ducati as a production motorcycle test rider. Paolo Campinoti and Francesco Guidotti of Pramac Racing Team gave Petrucci his first break four years ago by allowing him to race their Ducati for the Team. He further added – “I also want to thank the managers of Ducati and Ducati Corse – Claudio Domenicali, Gigi Dall’Igna and Paolo Ciabatti – who appreciated me first as a person and then as a rider. I really can’t wait to start this new adventure in the factory team.” Danilo Petrucci is now aiming for a top-five finish in the standings this season before he starts his stint with Ducati.
Claudio Domenicali, CEO Ducati Motor Holding, commented on the occasion: “First of all I’d like to thank Jorge Lorenzo for all the efforts and commitment that he has made during his time as a Ducati rider and in particular for his outstanding victory last Sunday at Mugello, which will go down in history as one of our company’s legendary racing achievements.” Lorenzo’s short stint with Ducati has been a rocky journey with the Spaniard finding it difficult getting used to the Italian race machine. Despite the clear mismatch, Lorenzo punted his machine first across the finish line at Mugello, followed by Andrea Dovizioso to put the two factory Ducatis on the podium.
Domenicali has committed to doing everything possible to put Lorenzo in a position to achieve further victories through the remainder of the season. About signing on Petrucci, he added: “I wish to give a warm welcome to Danilo, whom we look forward to seeing in Ducati Team colors next year, together with Andrea, and who we feel sure will continue his rise towards success.”