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MotoGP, BREAKING NEWS - Bagnaia and Ducati: renewal signed, together until 2026

Before the start of the season a contract extension has arrived for another two years. Pecco: "it's fantastic and a source of pride". Domenicali: "he is the perfect rider for Ducati"

MotoGP: BREAKING NEWS - Bagnaia and Ducati: renewal signed, together until 2026

In 2022 the news arrived on 21 February, this time we’ve had to wait a couple of weeks longer, but the result is the same: Pecco Bagnaia and Ducati have renewed their marriage. In the week leading up to the inaugural race in Qatar, the world champion and the Borgo Panigale manufacturer have put down on paper their future (again) together for another two years, until the end of 2026.

The news hardly comes as a bolt out of the blue because, already during the January presentation in Madonna di Campiglio, first Bagnaia and then Dall'Igna had not hidden the fact that the desire of both was to continue their story together. In this way Ducati has now put down a cornerstone on its future and can take all the time it wants to decide who will be Pecco's teammate starting from 2025. The choice is between Bastianini and Martin at the moment, but it is not certain that the horizons can broaden as the championship has not yet started.

"I am so happy to continue racing with the team of my dreams! - declared Bagnaia – Wearing these colours is an honour for me. It's fantastic and a source of pride. Together with Ducati, my team, and all the guys at Ducati Corse, we've achieved incredible things. In these three more years (including 2024) ahead of us, we'll continue to give our best to achieve as much success as possible. I am overjoyed and ready to hit the track in Qatar for the first race of the year."

Claudio Domenicali, CEO Ducati Motor Holding, added: "Pecco is truly the perfect rider for Ducati. He represents our values at their best: style, elegance, and performance. Not only is he fast, determined, and tenacious on track, but he also stands out for his elegance and education off the track. I am very happy for this renewal, which I am sure Ducatisti all over the world will welcome with enthusiasm."

Luigi Dall'Igna, Ducati Corse General Manager, commented: "We are extremely happy to have Bagnaia with us again for 2025 and 2026. Together, we have written an important page of motorcycling history: Pecco was the first Italian rider to win a World Title in MotoGP with an Italian bike, our Desmosedici GP. Together, we brought back a Riders' World Title that had been missing for 15 years, and we did it again last year. He is a two-time World Champion and has proven on more than one occasion that he truly deserves the number 1 on the fairing of his bike. In addition to these results, Bagnaia continues to demonstrate that he is in perfect harmony with his bike and team. For all these reasons, it was natural for us to want to continue with him. Therefore, we look forward to this new chapter together, confident that we can achieve other important results."


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