Another day, another contract announcement. This time it is Ducati exercising its option on the two riders in the Pramac Ducati team. Entirely as expected, Pramac Ducati will get to keep Johann Zarco and Jorge Martin for the 2022 season, where both riders will race factory-spec Ducati Desmosedici GP22s.
Neither signing comes as a surprise. Like KTM, Ducati currently has an embarrassment of riches, with Jack Miller and Pecco Bagnaia in the factory team, Zarco currently second in the championship, and Martin having grabbed a pole and a podium in just his second MotoGP race in Qatar. With a competitive bike and four strong riders, Ducati can be optimistic of challenging for the title for the foreseeable future.
The next question to be answered by Ducati is which other teams they will be taking under their wing. At the current point in time, it looks like the VR46 squad, due to take over both Esponsorama slots from 2022 onwards, will be racing Ducatis next year. Gresini also appears to be edging closer to a deal with Ducati, rather than sticking with Aprilia, now that Aprilia will be a separate factory entry. News on this is expected very soon.
The press release from Pramac appears below:
Johann Zarco and Jorge Martin will remain as the riders for the Pramac Racing Team for the 2022 season.
Pramac Racing is glad to announce that the formation of the team will remain unchanged for the next MotoGP season. Johann Zarco, the 30-year-old from France, and Jorge Martín, 23 years old from Spain, will defend the team colors once more for the next MotoGP season. After the first six Grand Prix with three podiums, Zarco is second in the world standings. Martín mean whilst, a rookie in the highest tier, obtained a splendid third place at the second race in Qatar. He then fell victim to a bad crash at Portimao which has kept him out of all the Grand Prix up to this weekend. Both riders, who are directly under a contract with Ducati, will be able to use the Desmosedici GP 2022 next year.
Paolo Campinoti We are very satisfied to be able to continue on this “project” with Johann and Jorge, two boys with whom we get along very well and with whom we are reaching excellent results. Both Ducati and ourselves firmly believe in their abilities; we couldn’t be happier.
Paolo Ciabatti Johann and Jorge this year have inserted themselves very well in the Pramac Racing team. For this reason, together with Paolo Campinoti and Francesco Guidotti, we have decided to proceed with them into 2022. We will put at the disposition of both, the official bikes for next season as well. We are certain that they will provide us with many satisfactions.