The Ducati Lenovo Team in MotoGP has announced that Enea Bastianini will be a rider for the team in 2023, alongside Francesco Bagnaia. He, who was vying for Jack Miller’s seat with Jorge Martin, was announced ahead of the San Marino GP, which takes place next week.
Bastianini has already won three races in 2022 for the Gresini Racing team, a result that put his name as a candidate for Miller’s seat, who in 2023 will ride for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing.
Martin, who was the 2021 Rookie of the Year, remains with his current team, Prima Pramac Racing, alongside Johann Zarco.
Enea Bastianini: “I am thrilled to be able to wear the colours of the official Ducati team starting next year. It was my dream, and now it has come true. In these two years in MotoGP, I have learned and grown a lot, and I believe that I can only improve with the engineers and men of the Ducati Lenovo Team! I want to thank Claudio, Gigi, Paolo and Davide for trusting me and giving me this incredible opportunity. Still, I also want to thank Nadia and the whole Gresini team for the great support I have received from them during this wonderful season together. I will try to close out this 2022 in the best possible way before tackling my new adventure as a factory Ducati rider with total commitment and the right team spirit.”
Luigi Dall’Igna (Director General de Ducati Corse): “We are really happy to have Bastianini in the factory team in 2023. Enea is a very talented rider and he has matured a lot in these two years with Ducati. He has been able to grow quickly, taking two podiums in his debut year in MotoGP and then three beautiful victories this year with the Gresini team in Qatar, the United States and France. We are convinced that next year, as a factory rider for the Ducati Lenovo Team, he will be able to make another step forward and be among the protagonists in every race. It was not an easy decision because both Enea and Jorge Martin are two very fast young riders and that’s why we have ensured both of them the same material and the same technical support. We are sure that both of them will be able to show their great talent on track.”
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