World News – UA – Marini to graduate 2021 MotoGP with Avintia Ducati


Former Moto2 championship leader Marini, who races for Rossi’s VR46 team in the intermediate class and has won three times this year, has been linked with the second Avintia seat for some time

Bastianini has confirmed that he signed for Ducati in September at Misano, with anything but confirmed at the time it would be with Avintia

2014 Moto2 champion Tito Rabat has a contract with Avintia for 2021, but his place has never been assured, it seems more threatened as discussions between the team and VR46 intensified in the weeks that followed the sleeves of Misano

On Saturday at the European Grand Prix, Ducati officially completed its 2021 rider list with the announcement of the signing of Marini and Bastianini

« To have the opportunity to race in MotoGP in 2021 is a dream and the wish that all riders have since they were little », said Marini

« During these years with Sky Racing Team VR46 I have accumulated a lot of experience and thanks to them I have grown and achieved my first important results »

Bastianini added: « Racing in MotoGP is a dream, and I’m very happy to be able to do it with Ducati, a brand I’ve been a big fan of since the days of my idol Casey Stoner. »

Current Pramac duo Jack Miller and Francesco Bagnaia will join the factory team to replace Tech 3-linked Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci

At Pramac, Johann Zarco will be leaving Avintia alongside rookie Jorge Martin – both piloting current specification factory machines

Bastianini is currently seven points behind Moto2 championship leader and former Aprilia MotoGP rider Sam Lowes with three rounds to go, while Marini is back at 23 after a difficult triple header France / Aragon

Martin’s Moto2 title hopes were dashed in September when he was forced to miss Misano’s double after catching COVID-19

The firming up of Avintia’s roster means there is only one vacant seat left on the 2021 grid at Aprilia alongside Aleix Espargaro

Aprilia awaits the verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing on the annulment of Andrea Iannone’s 18-month doping ban, scheduled for the next 10 days

The Italian marque has publicly reiterated its willingness to retain Iannone, but it is understood that outgoing LCR driver Cal Crutchlow has a pre-deal in place with Aprilia for 2021

Last week Jorge Lorenzo confirmed that joining Aprilia as a test rider is an option for 2021, and should be replaced at Yamaha by Dovizioso

Avintia’s future beyond 202.1 when the current deal between independent teams and MotoGP promoter Dorna Sports expires looks uncertain, with rumors suggesting VR46 could take over those grid locations in 2022

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World News – AU – Marini will do MotoGP 2021 graduation ceremony with Avintia Ducati


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