How Ducati's expanded roster will threaten MotoGP's balance in 2022
That Ducati will compete with eight prototypes in MotoGP this year is nothing new, having already done so between 2016 and 2018. But the involvement and coverage of the Borgo Panigale company in its alliances is now much greater than in past years, which could have the effect of unbalancing the premier class
Ducati has steadily increased its presence in MotoGP since it first appeared in the world championship with Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss in 2003. By 2006, it had expanded its presence to four units, with D'Antin Pramac as a customer. It secured a fifth in 2009, which went to Sete Gibernau and the Francisco Hernando Group. The signing of Valentino Rossi for 2011 meant that number rose to six: the two official bikes, two from Pramac, one from Aspar and one from Cardion AB. This grew further to eight in 2016, with Pramac as a satellite structure, and Aspar and Avintia as customers.
The formula used for distribution was quite simple. Depending on the company's budget and manufacturing capacity, the teams that invested the most and had the closest ties received more advanced prototypes. Those who invested less had to make do with bikes from one or even two previous seasons.
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