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Ducati stresses that it will not sign any rider "from outside"

After the departure of Andrea Dovizioso at the end of 2020, Ducati applied a cost containment policy that had a direct impact on what had been its most recent rider hiring policy.

Astronomical salaries like those of Jorge Lorenzo, who in just two courses (2017 and 2018) pocketed 30 million euros, gave way to a wild reduction as a result of the outbreak of the pandemic and its effects. So much so that, last year, the Borgo Panigale manufacturer covered the base salaries of all its drivers (the officers, those of Pramac and Enea Bastianini) with three million euros – to that amount we must add the bonuses agreed for results –.

With the additions of Jorge Martín and Bastianini, the Bolognese manufacturer believes that it has covered all its needs in terms of drivers. On the one hand, it has Pecco Bagnaia and Jack Miller in its official formation; with Martín and Zarco in Pramac and with Bastianini, in Gresini.

The good results of Bagnaia (runner-up in 2021) and Martín (one win and four podiums in his debut) mean that, with a view to 2022, the salary base of all the drivers is around 4.3 million euros. Between that and the potential that exists in the ‘house’, Ducati does not consider going fishing anywhere other than in its workshops, despite the opportunities that the market surely generates, with a quite dissatisfied Fabio Quartararo in Yamaha due to the lack of punch of the motorcycle he rides these days, and with a Joan Mir who regrets not having a valid interlocutor in Suzuki.

“Ducati’s intention is to set up the official team from the drivers we have at our disposal. That means we will not sign anyone from outside,” Ciabatti told

“The riders that we already have in the Ducati group are the future of the company. And that applies both to the official team and to Pramac, but also to the rest of the independent teams,” adds the Italian executive.

Ducati plans to close the two-year renewal of Bagnaia before the next championship starts, in Qatar, in less than a month (March 6). The Turin native has his place assured, especially after his great last season, in which he was proclaimed runner-up, adding four wins and nine podiums. Miller’s case is something else, because from the offices it is intended to wait to see how Martín and Bastianini evolve, who are candidates for that second red Desmosedici. “In that sense”, clarifies Ciabatti; “We have to choose those who we believe are the two best drivers to form the official team; those who offer us the most guarantees to win the World Championship”.

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