The Ducati MotoGP mission continues. This may not come as a surprise, but every sporting activity is built on various agreements, like the one now signed by the Borgo Panigale manufacturer and Dorna, which guarantees the presence of red bikes on the grid until (at least) 2026.
Ducati is a championship mainstay, having played an important part ever since its debut in 2003, a season in which it celebrated a first win after just six races. The most memorable year was 2007, when Casey Stoner powered the Desmosedici to the top of the world, scoring the riders’, constructors’ and team titles.
Domenicali: “Racing has always been fundamental for Ducati”
Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali was on hand to formalise the agreement. The Italian manager commented: “Racing has always been a truly fundamental part of the Ducati brand and will remain so in the future. In fact, it represents not only a way to fuel the passion and cheer of the Ducatisti all over the world, but also an advanced research laboratory where the most sophisticated materials and the most innovative design methods are tested. It is also the training ground where our young engineers grow to provide our customers with state-of-the-art motorbike”.
Domenicali does not deny that Ducati seeks to increasingly extend its reach, also outside of the racing world, but he also confirms that the latter remains central to Borgo Panigale planning. “This renewed agreement confirms that, while we plan to continue to expand our product range outside of the world of sports bikes, the track and high-performance motorbikes remain a central element for Ducati”.
One man who can therefore continue with his long-term projects is Gigi Dall’Igna, still in pursuit of his first MotoGP title with Ducati. “In recent years the Desmosedici GP has proven to be one of the most competitive bikes on the grid, and the 2020 Constructors' World Title is further proof of this. Even though this year's regulations will not allow for significant technical developments, we will face the 2021 season with the same passion and dedication. The goal is to fight for the MotoGP title with our two new riders and prepare the groundwork for our future commitment to the Championship”.
Ezpeleta: “Miller and Bagnaia among this season’s assets”
Another person who is pleased about the agreement is Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta, a figure who plays an essential role in terms of regulating the world’s best-known motorcycle championship. “Dorna Sports is proud of the continuation of the partnership with Ducati and thanks the factory for its loyalty to the series. We have been honoured to accompany the iconic Italian manufacturer as they achieved past milestones and are excited to share this new episode in its history with two bright young stars such as Jack Miller and 'Pecco' Bagnaia. Their potential and talent will definitely be one of the assets of the 2021 FIM MotoGP World Championship we are about to start."
Translated by Heather Watson