The VR46 Rider Academy dropout has become the backbone of Ducati since last season. It is able to reduce the power rider Yamaha Factory Racing, Fabio Quartararo, though finally gave up.
Pecco’s dream to win the 2021 MotoGP crown has run aground because of crash and fell on the Emilia Romagna MotoGP.
Even though he failed, his hard work should be appreciated rider Italy was able to win four victories and five podiums. Compared to his colleague, Jack Miller, he is relatively consistent.
Of course, this extraordinary talent cannot be let go. Moreover, Ducati wants to end the drought of racer champions that has lasted since the Casey Stoner era in 2007.
The commitment of Bagnaia and Ducati will expire at the end of 2022. The Borgo Panigale manufacturer is interested in working together in the long term.
according to Sky Sport Italy, they are working on a new contract starting in 2023. Until now, there has been no official confirmation from Ducati.
Some time ago in an interview with GPOne, General Manager of Ducati, Luigi Dall’Igna expressed his desire to continue with Bagnaia.
“I look forward to working with Pecco for a long time. I want to make that happen,” he said.
“However, to reach a contract, there must be an agreement between the two parties. So it doesn’t depend on us, but on him too. I’m sure we want it.”
The combination of Ducati’s progress and Bagnaia’s surge in performance during the second half of the 2021 MotoGP is seen as a threat by opponents. Based on the performance of that period and during the test at Jerez, KTM’s Tech3 boss, Herve Poncharal, said the Italian manufacturer would be a reference.
“Bagnaia-Ducati are a pair of motorcycle racers who have excelled in the last six races of the 2021 season. In the Jerez test, Ducati was very dominant and showed they took the lead in the development of a new prototype,” he said.
“The new Desmosedici impresses everyone and it’s not far-fetched to predict that Ducati will obviously be a reference point for everyone in 2022.”
Ducati may be doing an overhaul line-up after 2022. For 2023, Bagnaia could be paired with last season’s debutant, Jorge Martin, who conquered one win and four podiums.
Jack Miller had one season to prove his capacity as well as secure a contract with Ducati.
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
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