Following the announcement from HRC yesterday it was only a matter of time before a more pieces of the 2017 jigsaw fell into place.
Dovizioso has been with Ducati since 2013 following stints with Honda and Yamaha and has been steadily improving his pace on the Bologna beast since. Despite being unable to win a race, the Italian has been able to get the Desmocedici up into podium challenging pace and it’s clear they are happy with his progress to offer him another contract.
This announcement now leaves team-mate Andrea Iannone without a factory Ducati ride, and his relationship with the company comes to an end after he joined Pramac Duacti as he took the step up into GP and natrually progessed to the factory team.
Iannone showed potential on the GP15 and GP16 but this wasn’t enough as Ducati target world championships: “Obviously I am sorry that my time with Ducati will draw to a close at the end of this season, but I am grateful to the Bologna manufacturer for the opportunity it has given me in the last few years. I made my MotoGP debut with Ducati and I have grown up with them, always succeeding in improving my level of performance. In the remaining races I will give my all, as I always do, because I am convinced that thanks to the competitiveness of the Desmosedici GP we can achieve some great results.”