Dovizioso to stay with Ducati for 2017

05 Le Mans 5, 6 7 y 8 de mayo de 2016; circuito de Le Mans, Fran

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.

Dovizioso said: “I am very satisfied to have reached this agreement with Ducati and to be able to continue the adventure begun back with them in 2013. In the last few years we have worked with a lot of commitment and we have succeeded in taking the Desmosedici GP to an excellent competitive level, and so I am convinced that soon we will obtain the satisfaction that we deserve.”

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.”

 Ducati team-boss Luigi Dall’Igna explained his decision: “It’s never easy to take a decision like this one, especially when you have two great riders like the two Andreas in your team. We are very happy that Dovizioso has agreed to stay with us for the next two years, and together with him we can continue the successful work we began four years ago in order to reach the ambitious aims we have set for ourselves. We are sorry for Andrea Iannone, who at the end of the season will no longer be a part of the team. Andrea has carried out an important job in these years and has made a significant contribution to the development of the Ducati Desmosedici GP. For this reason we would like to thank him and we will provide him with our maximum commitment in the next rounds of the championship, in order to obtain the prestigious results that are for sure within his reach.”
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