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MotoGP, OFFICIAL: Petrucci alongside Dovizioso in 2019

Danilo has come to an agreement with Ducati and will step up to the factory team following Lorenzo's departure

MotoGP: OFFICIAL: Petrucci alongside Dovizioso in 2019

Ducati Corse announces that it has reached an agreement with Danilo Petrucci, one that will see the Italian enter the factory Ducati team in 2019. The 27-year old has been promoted to the factory squad after four years in the Pramac Racing Team and will race alongside Andrea Dovizioso, who has recently been confirmed for another two seasons.

It goes without saying that for me, being part of the factory team is a dream come true,” said Danilo Petrucci. “It’s a great honour to become an official rider for the Ducati Team, especially for someone like me who started in Ducati as a production motorcycle test rider. First of all I would like to thank Paolo Campinoti and Francesco Guidotti, who gave me the chance four years ago to race on a Ducati for the Pramac Racing Team. Without them all this would not have been possible. I also want to thank the managers of Ducati and Ducati Corse - Claudio Domenicali, Gigi Dall'Igna and Paolo Ciabatti - who appreciated me first as a person and then as a rider and I really can’t wait to start this new adventure in the factory team. Now all I want to do is to finish the year in the top five in the standings and then start the new season with the Ducati Team.”

Claudio Domenicali, CEO at Ducati Motor Holding, added: "First of all I’d like to thank Jorge Lorenzo for all the efforts and commitment that he has made during his time as a Ducati rider and in particular for his outstanding victory last Sunday at Mugello, which will go down in history as one of our company’s legendary racing achievements. Jorge is a great champion, capable of incredible feats, and even though it is sad that he took such a long time to find the right feeling with our bike, we will continue to do everything possible to put him in a position to achieve further victories in the remaining rounds of the season and fight for the world title together with his team-mate Andrea Dovizioso. I wish to give a warm welcome to Danilo, whom we look forward to seeing in Ducati Team colours next year, together with Andrea, and who we feel sure will continue his rapid rise to success.”

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