Petrucci steps up to Ducati factory team

Danilo Petrucci will take over from Jorge Lorenzo next year at Ducati, the factory team has announced.

Petrucci will make the move up from Ducati satellite team Pramac after signing a two-year deal.

The move, which will see the 27-year old Italian join compatriot Andrea Dovizioso at the Bologna-based team, was made public after it was confirmed Jorge Lorenzo had jumped ship to join Repsol Honda.

Petrucci, who has been with Pramac Ducati since 2015, currently lies sixth in the standings with 63 points.

He has made the front row twice on the Desmosedici GP18 and collected one podium finish with a second place at Le Mans.

“It goes without saying that for me, being part of the factory team is a dream come true,” said 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 (CEO) 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 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.”

Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali thanked Lorenzo for his efforts and said that he was looking forward to watching Petrucci’s ‘rapid rise’ continue.

“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.”