Petrucci was the only factory team rider whose contract was expiring this year. However, after his stunning performance and victory in Mugello, things were looking quite optimistic for this talented rider.
Now, it has been made official that Petrucci will remain in the Ducati Team for another year. Ducati announced that it has finalised an agreement with Petrucci for the 2020 MotoGP World Championship. The Italian rider will once again pair with Andrea Dovizioso onboard the factory Desmosedici GP.
Petrucci, 28, made his debut this year with the factory team after four seasons onboard the Ducati fielded by the Pramac Racing Team and has immediately shown great chemistry with the squad, progressively improving his competitiveness to conquer three podiums – including a fantastic win at Mugello in front of the home crowd – in the eight rounds held thus far.
Speaking about his renewed contract, Petrucci said, “I’m very happy to continue with Ducati for another year. It was my goal ever since the beginning of this new chapter because we immediately found great chemistry with the team. In this first half of the season, we were able to progressively increase our competitiveness, taking two podiums and an unforgettable win. To renew our collaboration before the summer break makes me even more serene and confident about the future. Now I simply want to stay focused and continue to improve as a rider to achieve even better results on track. We’re third in the Championship, and we want to finish the season within the top three.”
The Italian currently sits in the third position in the World Championship, eight points behind his teammate Dovizioso. The two Ducati Team riders have been the most competitive pair on track this season so far and lead the Team rankings with 224 points scored in total.
Luigi Dall’Igna, Ducati Corse General Manager, said, “We’re very happy to have reached an agreement with Petrucci and to continue to work together on track also next year. Danilo has shown his professionalism and talent ever since the first outings with the factory Desmosedici GP, and I believe his qualities are now clear to everyone, as evidenced by the strong results he already achieved this season, which culminated in a fantastic maiden win at Mugello. With Danilo on the track alongside Andrea, our goal is to fight for the title, both in the Riders and the Manufacturers championships.”
It would be interesting to see how this good news affects his performance in the upcoming 2019 German GP.