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Pecco Bagnaia Gets Two-Year Contract Extension With Ducati MotoGP Team

Factory Ducati MotoGP rider Pecco Bagnaia, who came into his own last year and has four MotoGP victories to date, has signed a two-year contract extension with Ducati. With arguably the best bike on the track, Ducati is looking for its first rider championship since Casey Stoner. Pecco may be the man to bring it to them.

Here is the announcement from Ducati Corse:

Francesco Bagnaia and Ducati set to continue together in the 2023 and 2024 MotoGP seasons
Francesco Bagnaia and Ducati Corse have reached an agreement that will see the Italian rider aboard the Ducati Lenovo Team’s factory Desmosedici GP bike for another two seasons.

Born in Turin in 1997, “Pecco” Bagnaia made his MotoGP debut in 2019 with the Desmosedici GP of the Pramac Racing Team. He also contested the 2020 season with the same squad, achieving his first podium at the Grand Prix Lenovo of San Marino and the Rimini Riviera, where he finished second on the rostrum.

Promoted to the official Ducati team last year, the Turin-born rider continued to shine after taking pole position and finishing third place in the opening GP of the 2021 season in Qatar and soon became one of the main title contenders. With nine podiums, four victories and six pole positions, Bagnaia ended 2021 in second place and is now looking forward to the new Championship, which will start on 6th March at the Losail International Circuit in Doha, Qatar.

 
Francesco Bagnaia (#63 Ducati Lenovo Team)

“Being a Ducati rider in MotoGP has always been my dream, and knowing that I can continue with the Ducati Lenovo Team for another two seasons makes me happy and proud. I have found a serene environment in the factory team: I feel very much in tune with my team and know that we can do great things together. Now I can only concentrate on doing well in this Championship. A big thank you to Claudio, Gigi, Paolo, Davide and all the Ducati Corse staff. I’ll try to repay their trust with my results on the track!”

Luigi Dall’Igna (General Manager of Ducati Corse):
“We are delighted to have Bagnaia with us for another two seasons. Since he arrived at Ducati in 2019, Pecco has shown great talent and the ability to interpret our Desmosedici GP very well, adapting to ride it in any condition. He did it, especially in the last season, during which he had significant growth and got to play for the World Title. The way he managed the races at Aragón, Misano, Portimão and Valencia, scoring four fantastic victories, is proof of his maturity as a rider. With these great qualities, we are sure that he has the potential to aim for the title with us”.  

3 Comments

  1. BeatriceKiddo says:

    Well deserved Pecco! I think Pecco “graduated” from good to awesome when he showed that he could fend off Marquez attempts at passing him SEVEN times in a row. That was some amazing craft!

  2. joe b says:

    Ducati with 8 young fast riders this year, they look to be the team to beat. Not only is their bike faster down the straights than most all the others, like Lorenzo said “they found something”, and their bikes turn now. All that and Ducati seems to be at the forefront of inventive design lately. Ever since the Ducati/Rossi debacle they have never stopped, and it shows.

    • Dave says:

      Here’s hoping. As we’ve seen before, all it takes is one healthy Marquez or Quartarao to relegate 8+ fast guys and bikes to the minor places evry week. It’s been more fun to watch (to me..) when there are different winners every week.