Today, Ducati announced that Italian rider Danilo Petrucci will continue to race for the team in 2020 alongside current teammate Andrea Dovizioso.
Petrucci replaced Jorge Lorenzo at the factory Ducati team at the start of this season and admitted a week ago at the Assen GP that a decision on his future with the team was still to be made.
However, it was confirmed today that the Italian will keep his seat until 2020.
Petrucci has been on an impressive run of form lately, scoring three podiums in a row and getting his maiden MotoGP victory at his home race in Mugello, Italy. Along with two third places at the French and Catalan GP.
In a statement released by Ducati today, Petrucci said: “I'm very happy to continue with Ducati for another year. It was my goal ever since the beginning of this new chapter, because we immediately found great chemistry with the team. In this first half of the season we were able to progressively increase our competitiveness, taking two podiums and an unforgettable win.
“To renew our collaboration before the summer break makes me even more serene and confident about the future. Now I simply want to stay focused and continue to improve as a rider to achieve even better results on track. We're third in the Championship, and we want to finish the season within the top three.”
Luigi Dall'Igna, Ducati Corse General Manager, commented on the deal with Petrucci: “We're very happy to have reached an agreement with Petrucci and to continue to work together on track also next year.”
Danilo has shown his professionalism and talent ever since the first outings with the factory Desmosedici GP, and I believe his qualities are now clear to everyone, as evidenced by the strong results he already achieved this season, which culminated in a fantastic maiden win at Mugello. With Danilo on track alongside Andrea, our goal is to fight for the title, both in the Riders and the Manufacturers championships."
Petrucci currently sits third in the World Standings on 108 points, just eight points behind his teammate in second.
He will be looking to grab more points this weekend in Marquez domination territory at the Sachsenring in Germany.