Bagnaia has been with Ducati for the whole thing of his MotoGP profession to date, having been signed by the Italian marque to hitch Pramac in 2019 in the beginning of 2018 earlier than the Valentino Rossi protege had even received that 12 months’s Moto2 crown.
Although his first two seasons with Pramac and Ducati in MotoGP have been tough, yielding only one podium end, the Italian nonetheless earned a promotion to Ducati’s manufacturing facility squad for 2021.
Bagnaia then went on to win three extra to finish the 12 months as runner-up within the championship to Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo and mark himself out as a favorite for the 2022 title.
Autosport reported earlier this month that Bagnaia and Ducati have been near finalising a brand new two-year deal, which was introduced on Monday forward of subsequent weekend’s season-opening Qatar Grand Prix on 6 March.
“Being a Ducati rider in MotoGP has all the time been my dream, and with the ability to proceed for 2 extra seasons makes me very comfortable,” Bagnaia mentioned.
“Within the manufacturing facility workforce I’ve discovered a serene atmosphere.
“Now I simply have to focus on doing effectively within the championship.”
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Crew
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Ducati’s Basic supervisor Gigi Dall’Igna added: “We’re actually comfortable to have Bagnaia for an additional two extra seasons.
“Since his arrival at Ducati in 2019, Pecco has proven nice expertise and an important capacity to interpret in the easiest way our prototype, adapting to experience it in any circumstances.
“With these qualities we’re satisfied that he has all of the potential to have the ability to battle alongside us for the title.”
Autosport understands Bagnaia’s new deal will enhance his wage from round 800,000 Euros to round 1.5 million from 2022.
Bagnaia is the primary of Ducati’s present steady to have a deal that may take them past 2022, with the second manufacturing facility seat alongside him prone to be a toss up between Jack Miller, Jorge Martin and Enea Bastianini.
When requested by Autosport in a current interview what he thought Miller – who received two races in 2021 – wanted to do to earn a brand new manufacturing facility deal, sporting director Paolo Ciabatti mentioned the Australian wanted extra consistency.
Nevertheless, he additionally hinted that probably transferring Miller again to Pramac – whom he raced for between 2018 and 2020 – was an choice.
“I believe our hope is to see him performing on the high stage with consistency all through the season,” Ciabatti mentioned of Miller, whereas additionally noting that Ducati “loves” the Australian.
“Fortunately, we will rely on three impartial groups working in Ducati and clearly Pramac has all the time the choice to have manufacturing facility bikes identical because the manufacturing facility workforce.
“Additionally, one goes with [Luca] Marini now in VR46.
“So, there may be room someplace to maintain Ducati riders on very aggressive equipment if for no matter purpose, there isn’t a room within the manufacturing facility workforce.
“Having mentioned so, as I mentioned, it is too early for us to take such a choice. And we might like to attend a couple of races earlier than we make any commitments for a future.”