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Danillo Petrucci Moving to Factory Ducati Team Next YearWe have already reported on how Ben Spies is trying to put together a superbike comeback, with an eye on the 2018 MotoAmerica Championship. There is a long road from here to there though, and the biggest hurdle for the American road racer is finding a ride. Our Paddock Pass Podcast colleague...   

Danilo Petrucci moves to the factory Ducati team   

Danilo Petrucci Gets a MotoGP Factory Ride with DucatiAfter the announcement that Jorge Lorenzo will race in Repsol Honda colors next season, as predicted the rest of the silly season puzzle pieces are falling into place. First up it seems is Danilo Petrucci, who will move up into the factory Ducati Corse squad for the 2019 MotoGP season. Ever...   

MotoGP Silly Season – Jorge Lorenzo Out, Joan Mir In?The revolution I predicted looks like it is coming to pass, but as with every prediction, the changes happening are beyond even what I had expected. Young talent is coming into the series – Joan Mir, Miguel Oliveira – big names are changing bikes – Johann Zarco, Andrea Iannone – and a couple of...   

Pecco Bagnaia Will Race MotoGP in 2019 with PramacPecco Bagnaia is to move up to MotoGP with the Pramac Ducati team in 2019 and 2020. The news was announced on Twitter by the SkyVR46 team, and confirmed by Bagnaia himself on his Twitter feed. The move is not a surprise. Bagnaia had been widely tipped to move to MotoGP with Ducati, with Paolo...   

MotoGP Silly Season Begins for 2018There were signs that the MotoGP Silly Season could be wrapped up early last week in Bologna,at the launch Ducati's MotoGP team. Ducati Sporting Director Paolo Ciabatti said he expected to sign the riders for the factory team 'quite early'. "Quite early probably means the second half of February...   

Ducati MotoGP Launch – Part 2: Dovizioso & Lorenzo on Distractions, Contracts, Money, And Life LessonsThe difference in perspective between team managers and riders is always fascinating. Team bosses always have an eye to the big picture, to the coming year and beyond. Riders are usually looking no further ahead than the next session or the next race. Anything beyond that is out of their...   

Motorcycle Racing Stories We Missed Over the HolidaysThough the world of motorcycle racing slowed to a crawl over the holiday season, that does not mean that nothing happened whatsoever. Racing news trickled out from around the globe, as riders, teams, and factories made decisions, and racing collided with the real world. So here's a round up of...   

Is MotoGP Right About WorldSBK as a Talent Pool?In my article analyzing the Jerez private tests, which took an in-depth look at the times set by the WorldSBK bikes and the MotoGP bikes, I set out several reasons why I thought Jonathan Rea would not be moving to MotoGP, despite obviously being fast enough. Though Rea has good reasons of his...   

Ben Spies and the Ducati MotoAmerica ConnectionWe have already reported on how Ben Spies is trying to put together a superbike comeback, with an eye on the 2018 MotoAmerica Championship. There is a long road from here to there though, and the biggest hurdle for the American road racer is finding a ride. Our Paddock Pass Podcast colleague...