Ducati has chosen Enea Bastianini, the Misano weekend is the moment of honors for the 2020 Moto2 champion. From the next MotoGP season, he will join Pecco Bagnaia in the factory team and ensures that he will establish a good team spirit, essential to continue in the evolution of the Desmosedici GP . But alongside him there will not be the foreman Alberto Giribuola who would have received a too tempting offer from KTM.
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For Bastianini, his ascent to the official team is a dream that goes against him, thanks to the three victories he collected in Losail, Austin and Le Mans. Now he will have to find more confidence and consistency of results. “It wasn’t easy, I was playing for my place with Martin who is very fast. It was not an easy choice for Ducati. This year I have been more consistent and for this reason the choice fell on me. I have known Pecco since the days of the minibikes, there will be a good relationship“. The Turin rider in the race for the MotoGP title holds out his hand: “I think we will work well together. We have known each other since we were children. It is important that you know our working methods“.
His chief engineer Alberto Giribuola will not accompany him on his Ducati adventure having preferred the KTM offer, where he will join the technical director Fabiano Sterlacchini and the team manager Francesco Guidotti. Ducati has not yet announced who will be Bastianini’s crew chief next year. It is very likely that Cristian Pupulin, now Jack Miller’s chief technician, with a long experience in Ducati, will also follow his rider in KTM. For the Borgo Panigale manufacturer it would be a significant double loss, but it demonstrates the true intentions of the Austrian brand. Bad news also for Enea who had established an excellent feeling with “Pigiamino”, former crew chief of Andrea Dovizioso over the years with Ducati.
On the other hand, Manuel Cazeaux should arrive in Aprilia, today Alex Rins’ chief engineer in Suzuki, who will return to the service of Maverick Vinales. Its current crew chief, Giovanni Mattarollo, will work together with Miguel Oliveira in the RNF box. The Noale manufacturer has decided not to inherit the expert Ramon Forcada in the passage to Aprilia: the Catalan technician will close his MotoGP career at the end of this weekend in Misano Adriatico.CopyAMP code.