After a lot of speculation, current Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci has been confirmed to stay with the Factory Ducati team for the 2020 season.
Despite only being a few races into his Factory Ducati career, it seemed that Danilo Petrucci was going to be shown the back door. Pramac’s Jack Miller was the rider in contention to be Andrea Dovizioso’s teammate.
However, Petrucci has had a very consistent 2019, finishing inside the top 6 in every race, so far. This includes two podium finishes at Le Mans and Barcelona as well as taking that stunning maiden win at Mugello which has seemed to have change the minds of Ducati.
As well as Petrucci being very impressive, Jack Miller has had a very up and down year. Despite taking a podium finish at Texas, as well as two 4th places at Argentina and France, Miller has crashed out at three of the opening 8 races. If Ducati want to win a championship, then having Petrucci next to Dovizioso seems to be the better bet than Miller alongside the Italian. It looks more than likely that Miller will remain at Pramac for 2020.
Ducati’s General Director, Luigi Dall’lgna said: “I am very happy to have reached an agreement with Petrucci to continue working together next season. Danilo has shown his professionalism and talent from the first day he came out with the official Desmosedici GP and I think everyone has seen his qualities, as evidenced by the great results he has achieved this year, with special mention for the exciting victory won in Mugello. With Danilo in the box next to Andrea, our goal is naturally the World title, both for Drivers and for Constructors ”
Petrucci has said that he is “very happy to continue with Ducati for one more season. It was my goal since I started this adventure and also because from the beginning I felt a great harmony with the team. In this first part of the championship we were able to progressively improve our performance, winning two podiums and one victory. Renewing before the summer break gives me even more serenity and confidence for the future. Now I just want to stay focused and continue my growth path to do it better and better on the track: we have reached the third position in the classification and the goal is to be in the top three until the end of the season.”
Article by Ollie Cassidy