Ducati has become the second factory (after KTM) to sign a contract extension with Dorna and thus remain part of the MotoGP World Championship for the next five-year term, from 2022 to 2026.

"Dorna Sports is proud of the continuation of the partnership with Ducati and thanks the factory for its loyalty to the series," said Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta.

"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".

Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, added: "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.

"I want to thank Dorna Sports and, in particular, Carmelo Ezpeleta for their great work over the years that has made MotoGP a truly extraordinary media platform".

Ducati joined MotoGP for the second year of the four-stroke era, in 2003, winning a race in its first season and going on to claim the 2007 riders' world championship with Casey Stoner.

The factory then finished title runner-up with Andrea Dovizioso in 2017, 2018 and 2019 before winning its second Constructors' championship last season (following Yamaha's points penalty) courtesy of two victories and nine podiums.

In total, Ducati has taken 160 podiums, including 51 victories, during its 18 seasons in MotoGP.

The Official team will make a fresh start in 2021 with an all-new line-up of Jack Miller and Francesco Bagnaia.

"We are happy to be able to confirm our participation in MotoGP until the end of 2026," said Ducati Corse general manager Gigi Dall’Igna. "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 new riders and prepare the groundwork for our future commitment to the Championship.”

Aside from KTM and Ducati, the Independent Gresini squad is currently the only other team to have confirmed its place in the 2022 world championship.

MotoGP's other manufacturers are reigning champion's Suzuki plus Yamaha, Honda and Aprilia. All four are also expected to continue beyond this season.

While Dorna ideally wants each of the six factories to support one Independent team, the lack of any satellite machines from Suzuki and Aprilia has seen Ducati fill the void by putting six bikes on the grid through its Official team, Pramac and Avintia.

Suzuki is considering a satellite project for 2022, when Aprilia will end its partnership with Gresini and seek to have its own MotoGP entry.

 

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