Ducati’s Sports Director, Paolo Ciabatti, spoke up about the rumors of Jorge Lorenzo returning to his team. Ciabatti said he would still entrust Pramac to Jack Miller and Francesco Bagnaia in the 2020 MotoGP.
Reported by Tuttomotoriweb on Friday, August 9, 2019, Ducati boss, Paolo Ciabatti, dismissed the gossip that was being discussed. The Pramac Ducati team will continue to entrust the MotoGP 2020 competition to their two riders, Jack Miller, and Francesco Bagnaia. That means, there is no place for Jorge Lorenzo at Ducati.
“Pramac will race with Miller and Bagnaia in 2020. Next year we want to provide two new motorbikes for the two riders,” Ciabatti said.
Rumors about Jorge Lorenzo wanting to return to Ducati have surfaced since Thursday, August 8, 2019. Some media reported that Repsol Honda Racer was in the process of negotiating with the Pramac Ducati team.
Reportedly, Lorenzo will approve Jack Miller whose contract will expire in 2020. That scenario is considered the best solution for Lorenzo. Because X-Fuera is considered to have failed to decide with the Honda RC213V that became his mount.
Jorge Lorenzo has never completed most of the race series he has participated in since being recruited by Repsol Honda in mid-2018. The situation is getting worse with a series of damage that makes Lorenzo must be quite long.
Jack Miller Relieved
This news makes Pramac Ducati rider Jack Miller quite a relief. How not, if Jorge Lorenzo is really close to Pramac, his position is threatened.
“Today I had a telephone conversation with Paolo Ciabatti. He was asked 100% for the Pramac team. There is no other place in MotoGP for me and there are no other offers,” said the Australian driver.
Furthermore, all MotoGP riders will compete at the Red Bull Ring Circuit on Sunday, August 11, 2019. Ducati is favored on this circuit. The Italian manufacturer has always wiped out victories since Austria re-entered the MotoGP calendar in 2016.