Ducati rules out starting Moto3 project before 2019

Ducati has ruled out the prospect of fielding bikes in Moto3 until at least the 2019 season, according to sporting director Paolo Ciabatti.

Ducati rules out starting Moto3 project before 2019
Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team
Niccolo Antonelli, Red Bull KTM Ajo, Bo Bendsneyder, Red Bull KTM Ajo
Lorenzo Dalla Porta, Mahindra Pull&Bear Aspar
Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati Corse Sporting Director
Fabio Di Giannantonio, Gresini Racing Moto3
Jakub Kornfeil, Drive M7 SIC Racing Team, Honda

Speaking during the team bosses’ press conference at the final round of the series at Valencia, Ciabatti said that Ducati was considering the idea of an entry in the lightweight class.

Honda, KTM and Mahindra are the manufacturers currently involved in Moto3, with only the latter now not having a presence in MotoGP following KTM’s arrival in the premier class.

But Ciabatti has said that any Ducati Moto3 entry will not occur before the 2019 season, as the Italian manufacturer needs more time to achieve its goals in MotoGP before it begins to divert resources elsewhere.

“Moto3 is a very interesting championship and Ducati has evaluated the possibility of making a bike for this category, but only when we’ve achieved our goals in MotoGP,” Ciabatti told Motorsport.com.

“There is no project, for the moment it’s an idea.

“If we can soon reach a significant level of competitiveness in MotoGP, and therefore our development work becomes less demanding, we could dedicate some resources to making a Moto3 bike.

“Definitely it will not be in 2018, because technically there is not the time and the decision has not been made yet.”

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