Danilo Petrucci says he has 2019 MotoGP offer from Aprilia

Danilo Petrucci says he has a contract offer from the Aprilia MotoGP team, but he reckons he is among several riders having to wait for the outcome of Andrea Dovizioso's Ducati talks

Danilo Petrucci says he has 2019 MotoGP offer from Aprilia

Petrucci, who has competed for Pramac Ducati since arriving in MotoGP in 2015, is holding out hope for a works team promotion, with Ducati known to have an option on his services and yet to commit to a 2019 line-up.

But the Italian has also been linked with Aprilia and when asked by Autosport ahead of the French Grand Prix whether he had an Aprilia offer on the table, Petrucci said "yes".

"There are not so many factory places available at the moment - only Ducati and Aprilia are still waiting," he added.

"We are talking with Ducati, but in this moment, the first thing they have to solve is the Dovizioso deal.

"My dream, my target is to go in the [Ducati] factory team, because I have been with Ducati since four years.

"I'm giving my best, in and out the track. If it's enough, I will be happy, if not, I am at least happy because I say 'OK, I am not enough for a factory team'."

Petrucci believes the ongoing talks between Ducati and Dovizioso have impacted not only his future, but also those of his team-mate Jack Miller, Ducati works rider Jorge Lorenzo, Suzuki's Andrea Iannone and Honda's Dani Pedrosa.

"After Dovizioso chooses his future, then even the other riders - I think, me, Iannone, Pedrosa, Lorenzo and Miller, we move after Dovizioso chooses what he [will] do.

The agonising choice that will define Lorenzo's legacy

"Because at the moment everyone's stopping, waiting for Dovi. I am in good company."

Aprilia announced a two-year extension for Aleix Espargaro earlier on Thursday, but the fate of the remaining seat - currently occupied by Scott Redding - remains up in the air.

Petrucci argued it was "really stupid" that MotoGP factories have been looking to commit to multi-year deals this early in the season, and he appeared to suggest that his former Pramac team-mate Redding was already resigned to losing his ride.

"It's a really stupid thing, to choose the rider for the next three seasons - because there is more than half of the season [to go]," he said.

"For example, my ex-team-mate, Scott, what is his motivation, that he already knows he's out of his team.

"I don't understand which is the reason to choose the rider at the second race or at the third race."

Redding said earlier his month he was wary he'd run out of time to impress Aprilia - but, speaking after Petrucci at Le Mans, he refuted the suggestion he was guaranteed to lose the ride.

Asked by Autosport whether he still had a chance to stay, he said: "There's no second signed contract out there [with another rider], I believe that hand on heart today.

"Tomorrow, could be. But as of today there's no done deal on their side."

shares
comments
Aleix Espargaro agrees new two-year deal with Aprilia MotoGP team

Previous article

Aleix Espargaro agrees new two-year deal with Aprilia MotoGP team

Next article

Crutchlow turned down chance to lead Honda's Suzuka 8 Hours assault

Crutchlow turned down chance to lead Honda's Suzuka 8 Hours assault
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Drivers Danilo Petrucci
Teams AB Motoracing , Aprilia Racing Team
Author Valentin Khorounzhiy
Where does Honda's new MotoGP signing sit ahead of its king's return? Plus

Where does Honda's new MotoGP signing sit ahead of its king's return?

Pol Espargaro’s first results as a Honda MotoGP rider may not appear special. But dig a little deeper and a clearer picture of his performance emerges. And, as Lewis Duncan writes, it’s cause for celebration at Honda with the return of Marc Marquez set to provide Espargaro with the reference he has been missing so far this year

MotoGP
Apr 12, 2021
The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons Plus

The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons

MotoGP’s 2021 rookie crop is one of the strongest in recent years, but one is already standing out. Jorge Martin’s Doha GP heroics have courted many to compare him to numerous MotoGP legends. Autosport spoke to Pramac boss Francesco Guidotti to find out why MotoGP’s latest Spanish star is already making such an impact

MotoGP
Apr 9, 2021
Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash Plus

Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash

Despite Suzuki’s decision not to appeal against Race Direction’s refusal to penalise Jack Miller following the incident with Joan Mir in Losail, something must be done to avoid a repeat of such an incident, which could have easily ended in tragedy

MotoGP
Apr 6, 2021
Has Yamaha banished its demons with its 2021 MotoGP bike? Plus

Has Yamaha banished its demons with its 2021 MotoGP bike?

Against the expected run of play at Qatar's Losail circuit, both Yamaha riders Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo carved through a resolute Ducati defence to secure back-to-back MotoGP wins for the Japanese marque. After a difficult 2020, it appears that Yamaha has swaggered back into championship contention

MotoGP
Apr 5, 2021
Why MotoGP’s top gun looks more dangerous at the Doha GP Plus

Why MotoGP’s top gun looks more dangerous at the Doha GP

Lightning hasn't struck twice for Maverick Vinales since 2017 and his wayward form of recent years makes predicting how he'll fare each MotoGP race weekend tricky. But fresh from his Qatar GP win, Vinales looks like an even more dangerous prospect for the Doha GP following an intriguing Friday practice

MotoGP
Apr 3, 2021
Why MotoGP’s new Amazon series is long overdue Plus

Why MotoGP’s new Amazon series is long overdue

OPINION: MotoGP is getting its own version of Drive to Survive on Amazon Prime at some point in the near future. It was news welcomed by the grid’s leading riders. And following the impact DTS has had on Formula 1, MotoGP desperately needs the same boost.

MotoGP
Mar 31, 2021
Did the Qatar GP hint at Ducati’s true MotoGP leader? Plus

Did the Qatar GP hint at Ducati’s true MotoGP leader?

OPINION: Johann Zarco talked a big game pre-season, and is so far vindicating himself as a factory rider at Pramac after finishing the Qatar GP as top Ducati in second. And contrasting his and Jack Miller's weekends and their approaches, is Zarco emerging as Ducati's true MotoGP leader?

MotoGP
Mar 30, 2021
The key changes behind the latest 'return of the Mack' Plus

The key changes behind the latest 'return of the Mack'

Maverick Vinales’s authoritative victory at the MotoGP season opener came during a period of personal and professional change for the Yamaha rider. Can it be the springboard for a title challenge?

MotoGP
Mar 29, 2021