Gresini partner with Ducati for 2022

Enea Bastianini and Fabio Di Giannantonio to ride for independent team

Gresini has officially announced it will run Ducati machinery for the 2022 season following seven-years as Aprilia’s Factory MotoGP partner.

Team Gresini will be back in full control of their Premier Class effort and will do so with the all-Italian line-up of Fabio Di Giannantonio and Enea Bastianini, two talented young riders who are no strangers to Fausto and Gresini Racing.

Nadia Padovani – Team Owner & Team Principal Gresini Racing

“It’s a very emotional moment for each of us. In previous months, our efforts merged with a strong emotional push to shape the future of Gresini Racing, and now are immensely proud and happy to make the official announcement. It is a project born out of continuity and based on values upon which Fausto built this amazing institution. My thank you goes first and foremost to Carmelo Ezpeleta for making sure we never felt alone during these months, to Ducati for trusting our projects, to Flex-Box who joined us in this new challenge as title sponsor and obviously to Fabio and Enea: I’m sure they will give their best to wave the Gresini Racing banner high.”

Gigi Dall’igna– Ducati Corse General Manager

“We’re incredibly happy to have reached this agreement with Gresini Racing for the next two MotoGP seasons. We had laid down the foundations of a possible agreement with Fausto already at the end of last year and we would like to thank – from the bottom of our hearts – his family for carrying this project forward with us. Gresini Racing has been an especially important institution in MotoGP for many years and we are confident this partnership, which can count on two very talented riders such as Enea and Fabio, will be of great satisfaction for all parties involved.

Ducati are also expected to announce a partnership with the VR46 team in the coming weeks. Once this is made official the announcement will grow Ducati’s margin as the best represented manufacturer on the grid.

The brand has run eight bikes before, with three satellite teams in Pramac, Avintia and Aspar having raced Ducatis alongside the factory squad between 2016 and 2018.

It is yet to be confirmed which spec machinery will be available to the Gresini outfit but it is believed they will have access to one-year old GP21s – as used by the Factory Ducati and Pramac squads this season.

Words: Daniel Blackham Lead Graphic: Gresini Racing