Ducati's Deliberate Approach to Bagnaia's Contract Renewal

Ducati's Deliberate Approach to Bagnaia's Contract Renewal

The Ducati factory team is currently engaged in discussions with MotoGP world champion Francesco Bagnaia's management regarding a potential contract renewal. Despite Bagnaia's impressive track record, which includes ending Ducati's 15-year title drought in 2022 and successfully defending his crown in 2023, the team is taking a cautious approach and is "in no hurry" to finalize the deal.

Bagnaia's contract is set to expire at the end of the season, making him a major player in the 2025 rider market. However, a move away from Ducati seems unlikely given his strong connection to the team.

Speaking to motogp.com after pre-season testing, team manager Davide Tardozzi provided an update on the negotiations, stating, "We are discussing the latest details with his manager...Both parties want to stay together, Pecco wants to stay at Ducati and we also want him to stay with us." Tardozzi emphasized that while they are eager to reach an agreement, they are prioritizing Bagnaia's focus on the upcoming 2024 championship.

With only four riders contracted beyond the 2024 season, including Brad Binder, Pedro Acosta, Johann Zarco, and Luca Marini, Ducati has a competitive roster of riders vying for a factory team seat in 2025. Notable contenders include Enea Bastianini, Jorge Martin, Marco Bezzecchi, and Marc Marquez, who recently signed with Gresini.

Bagnaia will begin his second title defense on March 10 in Qatar, where he will aim to continue his success on the 2024 Ducati. As negotiations continue, both Ducati and Bagnaia remain focused on their immediate goals while keeping an eye on the future.

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