Petrucci: Ducati contract talks should've started

Danilo Petrucci admits that negotiations regarding a contract renewal with Ducati would have been underway by now had the start of the MotoGP season not been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Petrucci: Ducati contract talks should've started

After being awarded a one-year extension to his works deal with the Borgo Panigale marque off the back of his Mugello victory last year, Petrucci had been preparing to face another crucial season for his future within the Ducati fold.

However, the worsening COVID-19 situation across the world has put the start of premier class action on hold until at least May's Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez, although Ducati sporting director Paolo Ciabatti expects the delay to be even longer.

Petrucci's chances of hanging on to the seat alongside Andrea Dovizioso improved when Yamaha re-signed Ducati targets Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo for 2020, but the Italian still faces competition from the likes of former Pramac teammate Jack Miller and new Avintia signing Johann Zarco to keep his ride into 2021.

"We haven't started contract talks with Ducati, but surely we would have done it if the championship had started," Petrucci told Sky Italia.

"Everything will be postponed until July and August, in the middle part of the championship to see better what the facts are on the ground.

"It's clear that I'd like to continue racing with Ducati, I've been with them since 2015 and I've always wanted to be in the position I'm in now.

"I know there are a lot of strong riders who want my bike, but the goal is to stay here for many years. The renewal is in my hands, it all depends on my results, but if I don't do well enough I'll have to look around."

Petrucci's position could be further undermined by the fact that several races in which he has performed well in recent years could be postponed by the pandemic.

"I don't know on a physical level what it will be like to have so many races at the end of the championship, this is new for everyone," he said.

"Starting with Jerez, I like the tracks that follow; I have always done well at Le Mans and Mugello, Barcelona, Assen.

"It's clear that we won't have a summer break, we will see climates we have never seen before in Argentina, USA and Valencia, but nobody knows how we will react."

shares
comments
Why Lorenzo could regret risky wildcard decision

Previous article

Why Lorenzo could regret risky wildcard decision

Next article

Dovizioso fears "difficult" end to delayed season

Dovizioso fears "difficult" end to delayed season
Load comments
How KTM has ended up with an embarrassment of MotoGP riches Prime

How KTM has ended up with an embarrassment of MotoGP riches

Forming a ladder all the way from Red Bull Rookies Cup to MotoGP, KTM has created a steady stream of top talents in grand prix racing delivering the Austrian marque with the success expected of the brand. Here's how it has gone about it.

MotoGP
Jul 28, 2021
Why MotoGP will miss its gentle giant Prime

Why MotoGP will miss its gentle giant

Danilo Petrucci’s days in MotoGP appear numbered, as KTM looks to completely reshuffle the Tech3 team for 2022. Though the Italian's 2021 season so far hasn’t been standout, the giant Italian covertly became a top runner in MotoGP across the last decade and brought with him a personality that world sport sorely needs more of

MotoGP
Jul 22, 2021
Why Mir's MotoGP title defence can't be written off yet Prime

Why Mir's MotoGP title defence can't be written off yet

Joan Mir’s defence of his MotoGP title has had an underwhelming start as Suzuki didn’t progress its championship-winning GSX-RR as much as its rivals did with their bikes over the winter. Speaking to Motorsport.com, Mir lays out why his title defence has been stalled so far and why he’s confident title number two is still within reach

MotoGP
Jul 12, 2021
How Quartararo became the MotoGP leader Yamaha needed Prime

How Quartararo became the MotoGP leader Yamaha needed

It's been six years since Jorge Lorenzo gave Yamaha its last MotoGP title in 2015. Since his departure at the end of 2016, Yamaha's form has been inconsistent but it has at last found a new talisman to return it to the top spot in the form of a precociously talented Frenchman who currently leads the standings.

MotoGP
Jul 6, 2021
Why the Vinales/Yamaha MotoGP divorce satisfies both parties Prime

Why the Vinales/Yamaha MotoGP divorce satisfies both parties

On Monday, Yamaha announced it will part ways with Maverick Vinales at the end of the 2021 season - a move requested by the rider. As the already strained relationship between both parties in MotoGP hit rock bottom in recent weeks, this divorce - as Oriol Puigdemont writes - is good for both Yamaha and Vinales for a number of reasons

MotoGP
Jun 28, 2021
The unexpected Rossi/Ducati MotoGP sequel offering redemption Prime

The unexpected Rossi/Ducati MotoGP sequel offering redemption

A decade after first linking up with Ducati in what turned out to be an ill-fated period in his MotoGP career, Valentino Rossi has joined forces with the Italian marque once more - this time as a team owner. And the VR46/Ducati tie-up beginning in 2022 has the potential to right the wrongs of Rossi and Ducati's nadir of 2011/2012.

MotoGP
Jun 24, 2021
Why Yamaha is about to risk losing Valentino Rossi Prime

Why Yamaha is about to risk losing Valentino Rossi

With Valentino Rossi’s next career move imminent in MotoGP, it is set to have wide-reaching influences on a number of riders and teams on the grid. But one of the biggest impacts will be felt at Yamaha, with its pivotal role in the saga set to see it lose its appointment with ‘The Doctor’

MotoGP
Jun 22, 2021
How Marquez beat his Honda in his heroic MotoGP comeback win Prime

How Marquez beat his Honda in his heroic MotoGP comeback win

Marc Marquez has been through hell and back in the 581 days between his win in the 2019 Valencia season finale and his heroic MotoGP comeback victory in Germany last Sunday. Despite battling physical limitations and a difficult 2021-spec Honda, the Sachsenring provided the perfect storm for the Spaniard to return to the top step

MotoGP
Jun 21, 2021