Rossi academy rider Bagnaia in talks over 2019 Pramac MotoGP ride
|By Oriol Puigdemont||Sunday, January 14th 2018, 12:37 GMT|
Moto2 frontrunner Francesco Bagnaia is in talks with the Pramac Ducati team about a graduation to MotoGP in 2019.
Pramac, which signed Jack Miller from Marc VDS Honda to join Danilo Petrucci this year, is close to agreeing terms with Bagnaia, who finished fifth in last year's Moto2 standings as the top rookie.
Bagnaia is part of Valentino Rossi's rider academy and will contest a second season of Moto2 this year with his Team VR46 operation.
He previously tested a Ducati MotoGP bike for the Aspar team at Valencia in 2016, which was a reward for winning a bet he made with the Spanish squad when he was in Moto3.
According to a report in Gazzetto dello Sport, Bagnaia is negotiating the final details of an agreement that would likely result in him taking Petrucci's place at Pramac.
Petrucci, who will once again race a current-spec Ducati this year, has yet to win in MotoGP but has led on several occasions and is likely to be targeting a step up to a works team in 2019.
If the factory Ducati squad, which currently has Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo as riders, is unable to accommodate him, Aprilia is thought to be an alternative destination for Petrucci.