This is certainly not a big surprise, but it is now official: Francesco Bagnaia will join Jack Miller in the Ducati Corse team in 2021, while Johann Zarco and Jorge Martin will drive under the Pramac colors.
Ducati Corse is pleased to announce the names of the four official Ducati riders for the 2021 MotoGP World Championship. Francesco Bagnaia will join the official team alongside the already confirmed Jack Miller. At the same time, Johann Zarco and Jorge Martín will defend the colors of the Pramac Racing Team for next season.
Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia , Moto2 world champion in 2018, made his MotoGP debut last year with the Ducati Desmosedici GP of the Pramac Racing Team and has shown ever greater competitiveness this year, fighting for the podium in several GP. In 2021, the 23-year-old Piedmontese will join his current team-mate, Jack Miller, in the Ducati squad, who is in his seventh season in the premier class.
“I chose to be a Ducati rider even before being the Moto2 World Champion in 2018 and they chose me even before knowing that one day I would become one,” Bagnaia said.
“This was our bet, because up until that moment I had always been a fast rider, but I didn’t have anything concrete in my pocket: Ducati decided to believe it even before everyone else.
“We didn’t know how it would go, but as of today, if I had to go back, I’d do it all over again.
“My MotoGP debut was not easy, but at Ducati they never questioned me: they gave me all the support and confidence a rookie needs and they let me experience in 2019.
“I listened to them, I trusted them, together we learned to know and understand each other, and now we form a great team.
“They taught me a working method that allowed us to take great satisfaction and I think it’s just the beginning.
“Today I am the happiest person in the world, for me it is a dream come true: being a factory Ducati rider has always been my ambition and I have succeeded together with all those who have always believed in me even when things did not go right.”
Welcome onboard @PeccoBagnaia! | It’s official 🤝 Francesco ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia joins forces with the Ducati Team for the 2021 @motogp season alongside @jackmilleraus.#PeccoOfficial #ForzaDucati pic.twitter.com/MSJyCyZfB6— Ducati Corse (@ducaticorse) September 30, 2020
Jack Miller , 25, Australian rider from Townsville, made his World Championship debut in 2011 in the 125 cc class. After battling for the Moto3 world title in 2014, he moved straight to MotoGP in 2015, competing in 93 races in the category over the past three seasons with the Pramac Racing Team.
The two new drivers of the Pramac Racing Team have won three world titles together. Johann Zarco , a 30-year-old French rider, won the Moto2 world title in 2015 and 2016 and this year he competes in MotoGP with the Ducati of Team Esponsorama, with which he obtained pole position and a third place in the race to Brno. With him, in the team supported by the Borgo Panigale factory, there will be a rookie in the category, the Spaniard Jorge Martín , 22, Moto3 2018 world champion for his second season in Moto2.
The four official drivers will drive the latest version of the Desmosedici GP with the same technical specifications.