Ducati has spent the primary 13 races of the 2022 season evaluating each one-time race winner Jorge Martin and three-time winner Bastianini as potential manufacturing facility group contenders for 2023.
With long-time Ducati runner Jack Miller signing a two-year deal to hitch KTM from subsequent season, Ducati elected to make its choice on who will exchange him after the Austrian Grand Prix weekend.
Following a gathering this week at its Bologna base, Ducati has determined Bastianini – winner of the Qatar, Americas and French GPs – will step up from Gresini to the manufacturing facility squad in 2023.
Bastianini made his MotoGP debut final 12 months with the now-defunct Avintia squad on a two-year-old Ducati, on which he scored two third-place finishes on the San Marino and Emilia Romagna GPs – each held at Misano.
Whereas Martin has solely scored two podiums to Bastianini’s three victories this season, his 2022 marketing campaign has been sophisticated by additional harm woes and the GP22 needing longer to rise up to hurry than anticipated.
Bastianini, in the meantime, rode a fully-developed 2021-spec Ducati to these three victories, whereas additionally registering 4 DNFs as consistency has eluded him.
In a short on-track battle on the Pink Bull Ring final weekend, Martin bought the higher of Bastianini earlier than the latter was pressured to retire when a kerb strike broken his entrance wheel.
Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing
Photograph by: Dorna
Regardless of this, Ducati has determined Bastianini – who’s 31 factors away from Martin within the standings – is the higher guess for its manufacturing facility squad.
“I’m thrilled to have the ability to put on the colors of the official Ducati group beginning subsequent 12 months. It was my dream, and now it has come true,” Bastianini mentioned.
“In these two years in MotoGP, I’ve realized and grown quite a bit, and I imagine that I can solely enhance with the engineers and males of the Ducati Lenovo Group.
“I need to thank Claudio, Gigi, Paolo and Davide for trusting me and giving me this unbelievable alternative. Nonetheless, I additionally need to thank Nadia and the entire Gresini group for the nice help I’ve obtained from them throughout this glorious season collectively.
“I’ll attempt to shut out this 2022 in the very best method earlier than tackling my new journey as a manufacturing facility Ducati rider with whole dedication and the correct group spirit.”
Martin, who made his debut final 12 months and scored victory on the Styrian GP, will stay with Pramac in 2023 on a factory-spec alongside Johann Zarco.
On the Gresini squad, Bastianini shall be changed by outgoing LCR Honda rider Alex Marquez, with Fabio Di Giannantonio getting a second season within the premier class with the Italian outfit.
Whereas nothing has been confirmed, the line-up at Valentino Rossi’s VR46 squad is predicted to stay as it’s with Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi.
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