Pramac Racing, a satellite team of Ducati or Factory Supported Team as they like to describe themselves, has raised the curtain this Thursday Through their social networks, what will be his twentieth campaign in the premier class of MotoGP and which will have the French veteran Johann Zarco and the Spanish rookie Jorge Martín as its official riders and who will replace Jack Miller and Pecco Bagnaia promoted to the official Ducati team as Andrea Iannone or Danio Petrucci were before after taking advantage of their ranks.
Paolo Campinoti, the owner and director of the team, assures that “The objective for this year will be to confirm ourselves at very high levels after the excellent results obtained in the last championship. 2021 will be a very important season for us, in fact, it will be Pramac Racing’s 20-year anniversary in the MotoGP paddock, a milestone that fills me with pride, satisfaction and happiness. The year 2020 has shown how hard work associated with the great professionalism of the team can compensate for all the efforts and sacrifices made. We started the season with the same enthusiasm as the previous one but with two new riders in whom I firmly believe, Johann Zarco and Jorge Martín, a mixture of seniority and youth with whom I hope to achieve great goals ”.
For Francesco Guidotti, the team manager, “we face this season with great conviction. For the first time, at least in the recent past, we will be on the starting grid with two new drivers and many new faces in the team. This represents a fascinating challenge for us that we want to face with concentration, determination and enthusiasm. We are very convinced of the potential of Johann and Jorge and we know that they will do their best to give us great satisfaction, embodying the spirit of work and sacrifice that distinguishes Pramac Racing “
It reveals that they will have the right material to have results. “They will have the latest version of Ducati available (GP21). For Zarco the pieces will arrive at the same time as the official team and Martín will enjoy the first GG.PP. as a test.
Gigi Dall’igna, the head of Ducati Corse, has also played an important role in the presentation, proof of how they get involved in their team supported by the factory: “Pramac is fundamental for the technical development of Ducati Corse, we do so many tests with them that later we take the official team. Ducati wants to win and you have to make an effort in each part of the bike to get the maximum and we will do so with Pramac to achieve the common goal “
Five Ducati Corse technicians will make up the squad, two in the Zarco, Rigamonti and Chiarvesio box and three in that of Martín, Romagnoli, Battaglia and Denaro, proof of Borgo Panigale’s commitment.
The rookie Jorge Martín, who having his usual number 88 Miguel Oliveira has had to change it for 89, declares to be “very excited and happy, it is my dream come true. I have worked hard for years to reach this goal and I couldn’t be happier to start this adventure with Pramac Racing riding a Ducati. Next week we will go to Qatar, where we will work hard from day one to try to be competitive as soon as possible ”.
His first objective is clear, to win the rookie game of the year against Ducati Bastianini and Marini after ensuring that with what he has learned these years in small categories and although “everything in MotoGP is different. I’m starting from scratch, but I’m ready for MotoGP ”.
“Yes it is the goal, but I think more about results at the end of the year, The rookie of the year is possible although they are both strong but it is a realistic goal”
He declares “little patient and I must improve for the future” and that “I like Italians, I get along well and I have always gone well with them from when I raced with Aspar and also with Gresini and I wait here too. And de Zarco hopes “to learn from him, he is one of the strongest for this year and that for the good of the team we make a good team.”
In the veteran Johann zarco the pressure of results will fall, Miller and Bagnaia have set the bar high for him with five podiums, four from Miller, who brushed the victory twice, and one from Bagnaia: “It has been a long winter and I just hope to get to Qatar to start working with the team. It is incredible how a strong feeling has already been created with Pramac Racing without having yet had the opportunity to be together, in this I find a great starting point to be able to work well from day one. I am very motivated, I took advantage of the winter holidays to train hard, the level goes up every year and you always have to improve if you want to keep up with others. Knowing that I have the right tools to have a great season ”.
After a year with Ducati at the Esponsorama in which he turned the page on the KTM nightmare that almost sent him into a premature retirement, “thanks to them I have returned to a good riding level in 2020 and it would be good to fight for the podium and think about the victory, There were so many new winners last year and it makes me think that even I should do it “
“It is an opportunity to be reborn for me and I must confirm it to do something good”, ditch