2022 is a year of movement in the MotoGP World Championship garages. Before the motorcycles started their engines at the Sepang test, the rumors about the transfer market were already beginning to dance in the paddock. Honda, Joan Mir, Fabio Quartararo… many have been its protagonists in just under a month. However, there was a name that was clearly not going to come to the fore. His future was more than closed and, although the signing has not been made official until this Monday, the truth is that he does not catch anyone by surprise. Francesco ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia stays at Ducati until 2024.
The Borgo Panigale house seems to have found in the young Italian the great promise they had been looking for for many years. Andrea Dovizioso’s departure shook the foundations of the red box, without knowing then that in the next box, occupied by Pramac, was already his great bet for the future. Bagnaia celebrates this 2022 his second season in the official Ducati team, with a world runner-up title already under his arm and wanting revenge on Fabio Quartararo. And it is that, although the beginning of 2021 was very complicated for the pilot of the VR46 Academyended up putting the Yamaha rider on the ropes. In fact, only his mistake (the crash at Misano when he was leading) prevented the MotoGP title from extending to Portimao. Or, who knows, until the final date in Valencia.
It doesn’t matter anymore, because 2021 is past. Ducati looks to the future. And he does so until 2024, the year in which the contract with Bagnaia will have to be reviewed again. The Turin rider thus signs for two more seasons with the brand and with the main objective of being world champion. Borgo Panigale’s first since Casey Stoner in 2007. “Being a Ducati rider in MotoGP has always been my dream. and being able to continue two more seasons in the Ducati Lenovo Team makes me feel proud and happy. In the official team I have found a serene atmosphere: I feel in tune with the team and I am sure that together we can do great things. Now I just have to concentrate on doing well in this championship. I want to sincerely thank Claudio, Gigi, Paolo and Davide and all the staff from Ducati Corse. I will try to repay all this confidence with great results on the track.” comments Bagnaia, the first on the MotoGP grid to announce his renewal.
And, at the very least, Gigi Dall’Igna, CEO of Ducati Corse, is also happy. Confidence in Pecco is complete, something that Jack Miller, his teammate, lacks to get the renewal. “We are really happy to have Bagnaia for two more seasons. Since his arrival at Ducati in 2019, Pecco has shown great talent and knows how to interpret our Desmosedici GP very well, adapting to riding it in any situation. He did it especially the last season, during which he had a really important growth, coming to play for the world title. The way he knew how to manage the races in Aragón, Misano and also Portimao and Valencia, achieving four fantastic victories is proof of his maturation as a driver. With these qualities we are convinced that he has all the potential to be able to fight alongside us for the title.” comments the Italian.