Petrucci: 2018 will be my last season at Pramac

shares
comments
Petrucci: 2018 will be my last season at Pramac
Jamie Klein
By: Jamie Klein
Jan 23, 2018, 10:24 AM

Pramac Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci has confirmed the 2018 MotoGP season will be his last with the team.

Danilo Petrucci, Pramac Racing
Danilo Petrucci, Pramac Racing
Danilo Petrucci, Pramac Racing
Danilo Petrucci, Pramac Racing
Danilo Petrucci, Pramac Racing
Danilo Petrucci, Pramac Racing

Petrucci first joined Pramac in 2015, and while he has yet to win a grand prix, he has racked up five podium finishes in his tenure with the Italian outfit.

The 27-year-old agreed a one-year extension to his contract last year despite being courted by Aprilia as it sought a replacement for Sam Lowes.

It emerged earlier this month that Pramac is in advanced negotiations with Moto2 rider Francesco Bagnaia about bringing him to MotoGP in 2019, which would entail Bagnaia replacing Petrucci. 

Now Petrucci has clarified in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport that he and Pramac will part ways after 2018 as he seeks a move to a factory team – likely either Ducati or Aprilia.

He said: “[Pramac owner] Paolo Campinoti and I are both aware: he pulled me out from hell, but we knew this would be our last year together.

“I have a contract with Ducati, I have an option that expires in June to step up to the factory team – otherwise I am a free agent.

“This is the dream, but I believe everything will be decided in the first few races and I don’t think this is very fair. 

“In 2017 there was a strong temptation to go to Aprilia, riding for another Italian team was very appealing. But I didn’t want to be ‘divorced while living together’.

“However, after seven years in MotoGP, the dream is this [to be a factory rider].”

Additional reporting by Matteo Nugnes

Next MotoGP article
MotoGP Mailbag: Will Rossi race on beyond 2018?

Previous article

MotoGP Mailbag: Will Rossi race on beyond 2018?

Next article

Vinales announces new two-year deal with Yamaha

Vinales announces new two-year deal with Yamaha
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Drivers Danilo Petrucci
Teams Pramac Racing
Author Jamie Klein
Article type Breaking news