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Dovizioso signs new two-year Ducati contract

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Dovizioso signs new two-year Ducati contract
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May 18, 2018, 11:14 AM

Ducati officially confirmed that its star MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso will continue with the team until the end of the 2020 season.

Dovizioso, who has been a Ducati factory rider since 2013, mounted the Bologna-based brand's first title challenge since the Casey Stoner era last year.

However, renewal negotiations were made difficult as Dovizioso upped his financial demands, having previously had a significantly smaller salary than that of underperforming teammate Jorge Lorenzo.

Despite Dovizioso having had talks with Honda and Suzuki, and the Italian rejecting Ducati's first offer, the 32-year-old said on Thursday at Le Mans that he was getting "closer" to a renewal.

Dovizioso is fifth in the standings following his dramatic crash at Jerez that also involved teammate Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.

It has yet to be finalised who Dovizioso's teammate will be with Pramac Ducati duo Jack Miller and Danilo Petrucci being the prime candidates to replace Lorenzo, should the Spaniard depart to Suzuki.

Dovizioso is the subject of the third rider announcement of the Le Mans weekend as Alex Rins and Aleix Espargaro were both confirmed for two more seasons at Suzuki and Aprilia respectively.

2019 MotoGP grid so far:

TeamRiders
Repsol Honda

 Marc Marquez

TBA

Movistar Yamaha

 Valentino Rossi

 Maverick Vinales

Ducati

 Andrea Dovizioso

TBA

Suzuki

 Alex Rins

TBA

Aprilia

 Aleix Espargaro

Red Bull KTM

 Pol Espargaro

 Johann Zarco

LCR Honda

 Cal Crutchlow

TBA

Marc VDS*

 Franco Morbidelli

TBA

Pramac Ducati

 Francesco Bagnaia

TBA

Nieto*

TBA

Avintia*

 Xavier Simeon

TBA

Tech 3 KTM

 Miguel Oliveira

TBA

* Manufacturer uncertain

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