Ducati picks Bastianini for manufacturing unit Ducati MotoGP trip for 2023 - Motor Informed

Ducati picks Bastianini for manufacturing unit Ducati MotoGP trip for 2023

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Ducati has spent the primary 13 races of the 2022 season evaluating each one-time race winner Jorge Martin and three-time winner Bastianini as potential manufacturing unit group contenders for 2023.

With long-time Ducati runner Jack Miller signing a two-year deal to affix KTM from subsequent season, Ducati elected to make its resolution on who will exchange him after the Austrian Grand Prix weekend.

Following a gathering this week at its Bologna base, Ducati has determined Bastianini – winner of the Qatar, Americas and French GPs – will step up from Gresini to the manufacturing unit squad in 2023.

Bastianini made his MotoGP debut final yr with the now-defunct Avintia squad on a two-year-old Ducati, on which he scored two third-place finishes on the San Marino and Emilia Romagna GPs – each held at Misano.

Whereas Martin has solely scored two podiums to Bastianini’s three victories, his 2022 marketing campaign has been sophisticated by additional harm woes and the GP22 needing longer to stand up to hurry than anticipated.

Bastianini, in the meantime, rode a fully-developed 2021-spec Ducati to these three victories, whereas additionally registering 4 DNFs as consistency has eluded him.

In a quick on-track battle on the Purple Bull Ring final weekend, Martin received the higher of Bastianini earlier than the latter was compelled to retire when a kerb strike broken his entrance wheel.

Regardless of this, Ducati has determined Bastianini – who’s 31 factors away from Martin within the standings – is the higher guess for its manufacturing unit squad.

Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing

Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing

Picture by: Dorna

“I’m thrilled to have the ability to put on the colors of the official Ducati team beginning subsequent yr. It was my dream, and now it has come true,” Bastianini mentioned.

“In these two years in MotoGP, I’ve realized and grown so much, and I consider that I can solely enhance with the engineers and males of the Ducati Lenovo Workforce!

“I wish to thank Claudio, Gigi, Paolo and Davide for trusting me and giving me this unimaginable alternative. Nonetheless, I additionally wish to thank Nadia and the entire Gresini group for the nice assist I’ve obtained from them throughout this excellent season collectively.

“I’ll attempt to shut out this 2022 in the absolute best method earlier than tackling my new journey as a manufacturing unit Ducati rider with whole dedication and the best group spirit.”

Martin – who made his debut final yr and scored victory on the Styrian GP – will stay with Pramac in 2023 on a factory-spec alongside Johann Zarco.

On the Gresini squad, Bastianini might be changed by outgoing LCR Honda rider Alex Marquez, with Fabio Di Giannantonio getting a second season within the premier class with the Italian outfit.

Whereas nothing has been confirmed, the line-up at Valentino Rossi’s VR46 squad is predicted to stay as it’s with Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi.

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