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
How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem Plus

How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem

The brutal nature of a series of crashes at Jerez has reopened the debate about whether current MotoGP speeds are beyond the safety limits of the tracks. But even if riders are supportive of the move, getting the manufacturers to find a consensus on how speed reductions should be achieved may be altogether harder

MotoGP
May 4, 2021
How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption Plus

How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption

Jack Miller’s tough start to life as a factory Ducati MotoGP rider left him mentally battered and bruised, but a pep talk and positive reinforcement from a surprising source aided the Australian to show his full potential with victory at the Spanish Grand Prix

MotoGP
May 3, 2021
What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best? Plus

What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best?

Following his resounding MotoGP return with a seventh place finish in Portugal, Marc Marquez now must work to rediscover his best form before turning his attention towards results-based targets

MotoGP
Apr 20, 2021
How Yamaha’s rookie-spec MotoGP star is taking charge Plus

How Yamaha’s rookie-spec MotoGP star is taking charge

Fabio Quartararo is on a roll in 2021, having stormed to victory at a venue where he last year served up one of his worst races. Contrasting Portuguese GPs for Yamaha’s factory duo make it hard to understand just how good its 2021 MotoGP bike is, but the Portimao weekend has revealed one key improvement compared to 2020

MotoGP
Apr 19, 2021
The hurdles Marquez faces next in his Portugal MotoGP return Plus

The hurdles Marquez faces next in his Portugal MotoGP return

Even by Marc Marquez’s own high standards, his MotoGP comeback on Friday at the Portuguese Grand Prix will be considered a success even if he didn’t top the times. But having shown competitive pace on his first day back, both Marquez and his rivals know plenty more challenges are to come

MotoGP
Apr 16, 2021
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