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Bagnaia has been with Ducati for the whole thing of his MotoGP profession up to now, having been signed by the Italian marque to affix Pramac in 2019 at 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 had been tough, yielding only one podium end, the Italian nonetheless earned a promotion to Ducati’s manufacturing unit squad for 2021.
And he loved a breakout marketing campaign, scoring his first MotoGP win at Aragon in an exciting battle with six-time world champion Marc Marquez.
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.
Motorsport.com reported earlier this month that Bagnaia and Ducati had 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 at all times been my dream, and having the ability to proceed for 2 extra seasons makes me very joyful,” Bagnaia mentioned.
“Within the manufacturing unit group I’ve discovered a serene surroundings. Now I simply have to focus on doing effectively within the championship.”
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Crew
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Ducati’s Common supervisor Gigi Dall’Igna added: “We’re actually joyful to have Bagnaia for an additional two extra seasons.
“Since his arrival at Ducati in 2019, Pecco has proven nice expertise and an incredible skill to interpret in one of the simplest ways our prototype, adapting to trip 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.”
Motorsport.com understands Bagnaia’s new deal will enhance his wage from round 800,000 euro 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 unit seat alongside him prone to be a toss up between Jack Miller, Jorge Martin and Enea Bastianini.
When requested by Motorsport.com in a latest interview what he thought Miller, who received two races in 2021, wanted to do to earn a brand new manufacturing unit deal, sporting director Paolo Ciabatti mentioned the Australian wanted extra consistency.
Nevertheless, he additionally hinted that doubtlessly 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 prime degree with consistency all through the season,” Ciabatti mentioned of Miller, whereas additionally noting that Ducati “loves” the Australian.
“Fortunately, we are able to rely on three unbiased groups working in Ducati and clearly Pramac has at all times the choice to have manufacturing unit bikes identical because the manufacturing unit group.
“Additionally, one goes with [Luca] Marini now in VR46.
“So, there’s room someplace to maintain Ducati riders on very aggressive equipment if for no matter cause, there is no such thing as a room within the manufacturing unit group.
“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.”