Here's a Date For When Ducati Will Announce Francesco Bagnaia's Teammate For The 2023 Season
For many weeks the contractual situation at Ducati has the whole MotoGP paddock speculating over the new teammate of Francesco Bagnaia. Now, Paolo Ciabatti has announced a date for their final decision.
In an interview with GPOne.com, Ducati team manager Paolo Ciabatti announced a date for when the Italian manufacturer will announce their new rider for the 2023 season.
Ducati had already given both candidates for the factors seat garanties for full factory and development support for the 2023 season.
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Since Jack Miller’s departure to KTM had been announced, Pramac Ducati rider Jorge Martin and three-time race winner Enea Bastianini are battling over the factory seat.
Ciabatti stated at the World Ducati Week in Misano: “We have confirmed both Enea [Bastianini] and Jorge [Martin] under the same conditions and with the same technical treatment.”
Regarding the state of the factory seat race, he continues: “They are both young and very fast. It is a difficult decision since they are both talented and represent the future of Ducati.”
But, although a difficult decision, it is an importnat one nonetheless and it keeps the whole MotoGP world on edge.
Being asked about a possible definitive date of the decision, Ciabatti confirms: “Choosing who will wear Lenovo colours and who will ride for Pramac, we will do that after the Austrian Grand Prix.