Ducati Extends Contract with Reigning MotoGP Champion Bagnaia

Ducati Extends Contract with Reigning MotoGP Champion Bagnaia



March 5th, 2024

Ducati MotoGP has secured the services of their star rider, Francesco "Pecco" Bagnaia, for an additional two years. This exciting news solidifies Bagnaia's position with the Italian manufacturer until the 2026 MotoGP season, marking a significant moment for both parties.

Ducati Secures Future Champion In MotoGP

Bagnaia, a Ducati rider since his MotoGP debut in 2019, has established himself as a dominant force in the championship. He played a pivotal role in ending Ducati's 15-year title drought in 2022 and successfully defended his championship title in 2023, defeating Ducati rival Jorge Martin in a thrilling season finale.

This well-deserved contract extension demonstrates Ducati's commitment to Bagnaia and his talent. Bagnaia, expressing his delight, stated:

"I am very happy to be able to continue racing with the team of my dreams. Wearing these colours is an honour for me." He further emphasized his dedication, stating, "Together with Ducati, my team and all the people at Ducati Corse we have been able to do incredible things and in these three years ahead of us we will continue to give the maximum to try to achieve  more success."

Ducati Corse General Manager, Gigi Dall'Igna, echoed Bagnaia's sentiments, highlighting the rider's achievements:

"Pecco was the first Italian to win a world title in MotoGP on an Italian bike. Together we have brought to Bologna a world championship that we hadn't won for 15 years." He further commended Bagnaia's exceptional skills, stating, "He is a two-time champion and more than once he has shown that he more than deserves the number one on his fairing."

With Bagnaia's future secured, attention now turns to identifying the rider who will partner him in the 2025 and 2026 MotoGP seasons. The current contender for the second seat is Enea Bastianini, who boasts five race wins. However, other notable riders such as Jorge Martin and potentially Marc Marquez, depending on his performance with Gresini Ducati, are also in contention. Additionally, Ducati recently confirmed the signing of Moto2 frontrunner Fermin Aldeguer for the 2025 Pramac seat, potentially replacing either Martin or Franco Morbidelli.

Who Will Partner Bagnaia in the Ducati Garage?

Bagnaia's extended contract positions him as one of the few riders with a confirmed seat beyond the 2025 season, alongside KTM's Brad Binder. This move signifies Ducati's long-term vision and their faith in Bagnaia's ability to continue delivering championship-winning performances. As the 2024 season kicks off, all eyes are on Bagnaia as he strives to secure a historic third consecutive MotoGP championship title with Ducati.

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