Likely to replace Danilo Petrucci who is set to move back to WSBK
Ducati Corse has announced that Australian rider Jack Miller will be racing for the Ducati factory team in 2021. He is likely to replace Danilo Petrucci and race the Desmosedici GP alongside Andrea Dovizioso while Ducati is also open to extending the contract to 2022, basis the performance. Petrucci is rumoured to be in talks with Aprilia or else, is expected to return to WSBK in 2021.
Miller who made his MotoGP debut in 2015 at just 20 years old, joined Ducati in 2018 with the Pramac Racing Team, the factory supported team of the Bologna manufacturer, and finished last season eighth overall in the standings, taking five podiums during the year.
At the announcement, Jack Miller said, "First of all I want to thank warmly Paolo Campinoti, Francesco Guidotti and all the Pramac Racing Team for the great support I have received from them in the two and a half years spent together. It is an honour for me to be able to continue my MotoGP career with the Borgo Panigale manufacturer and I would like to thank all the Ducati management, Claudio, Gigi, Paolo and Davide, for having trusted me and given me this incredible opportunity. I look forward to star ting riding again this year, and I am ready to fully commit to the responsibility of being an official Ducati rider in 2021."
Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding added, "Since he arrived in the Pramac Racing Team, Jack has grown steadily, prov ing himself one of the fastest and most talented riders in the championship. So we are happy that he has agreed to ride the official Desmosedici GP bike of the Ducati Team next year. We are convinced that Jack has all the right skills to fight continuously for the positions that matter, in every race, starting already this season with the Desmosedici GP20 of the Pramac Racing Team, and taking a further step forward next year thanks to the support of the Ducati Team."
MotoGP 2020 season hasn’t begun yet when Miller will be racing for Ducati’s satellite team for the season.