News 27 Aug 2022

Ducati confirms Bastianini in two-year contract from 2023

Martin to remain at Pramac Racing satellite team for another term.

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Ducati Corse has officially announced that Enea Bastianini will join Ducati Lenovo Team from 2023 in a two-year contract alongside Pecco Bagnaia.

The 24-year-old will take the position of Red Bull KTM-bound Jack Miller from next season, as Jorge Martin remains at Pramac Racing Ducati.

“I am thrilled to be able to wear the colours of the official Ducati team starting next year,” Bastianini said. “It was my dream and now it has come true. In these two years in MotoGP, I have learned and grown a lot and I believe that I can only improve with the engineers and men of the Ducati Lenovo Team!

“I want to thank [Ductai] for trusting me and giving me this incredible opportunity. Still, I also want to thank Nadia and the whole Gresini team for the great support I have received from them during this wonderful season together. I will try to close out this 2022 in the best possible way before tackling my new adventure as a factory Ducati rider with total commitment and the right team spirit.”

Ducati Corse general manager Luigi Dall’Igna added: “We are delighted to have Bastianini in the factory team. Enea is a very talented rider who has matured a lot in these two years with Ducati. He has been able to grow quickly, scoring two podiums in his debut year in MotoGP and then taking three stunning victories this year with Gresini Racing in Qatar, the USA and France.

“We are convinced that next year, as an official Ducati Lenovo Team rider, he will be able to take another step forward and be among the protagonists in every race. It was not an easy choice… Enea and Jorge Martin are two very fast and young riders, which is precisely why we still wanted to ensure the same material and technical support for both. We are sure they will be able to show all their great talent on track.”