BAGNAIA GETS THE VERDICT FOR DUCATI BERTH
Francesco Bagnaia has got the nod to replace Andrea Dovizioso in the factory Ducati Motogp line-up for next season.
The Italian manufacturer had earlier this year recruited Jack Miller to replace Tech3 Ktmbound Danilo Petrucci, and it was Pramac Ducati rider Bagnaia and Avintia’s Johann Zarco in the frame for the other seat.
While both have scored a podium this year, Bagnaia’s stronger form, which included a victory charge thwarted by a late crash at Misano, led to Ducati picking the 23-year-old
Turinese for its works team.
Zarco, meanwhile, will be a factory rider at Pramac on a current-spec Ducati next year, completing a dream turnaround from quitting KTM halfway through a two-year contract during a tough 2019.
The Frenchman will join graduating Moto2 frontrunner Jorge Martin, who will also have machine parity with the factory riders.
Although it’s yet to be officially confirmed by Ducati, Moto2 title contender Enea Bastianini will take Zarco’s place at Avintia. Tito Rabat has a 2021 contract, but sources suggest that Moto2 points leader Luca Marini could replace him.