Motorcycling-World champion Bagnaia to stay at Ducati until 2026


  • Cycling
  • Tuesday, 05 Mar 2024

Motorcycling - MotoGP - Valencia Grand Prix - Circuit Recardo Tormo, Valencia, Spain - November 26, 2023 Ducati Lenovo Team's Francesco Bagnaia before the race REUTERS/Pablo Morano/File Photo

(Reuters) - Double MotoGP world champion Francesco Bagnaia will stay with the Ducati factory team until 2026 after signing a contract extension, the Italian manufacturer said on Monday.

Bagnaia won his first title in the top category of motorcycle racing in 2022 and the 27-year-old Italian secured his second last season.

He has 18 wins to date and 35 podiums, 18 pole positions and 13 fastest laps.

"I am so happy to continue racing with the team of my dreams," Bagnaia said in a Ducati statement. "Wearing these colours is an honour for me. It's fantastic and a source of pride."

The MotoGP season starts in Qatar this weekend.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by...)

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