Dovizioso finishes in 6th in the final GP of the season in Portugal, Petrucci 16th
The Portuguese GP, held at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimao, will remain a memorable event in the history of Ducati in MotoGP; after 13 years since its first success in 2007, the Bologna-based manufacturer has won its second Constructors’ World Title in the Premier Class in the final round of the 2020 season today. Thanks to Jack Miller’s (Pramac Racing Team) second place taken on the last lap, the Borgo Panigale manufacturer was able to end on top of the standings with 221 points a difficult season, made even more challenging by the Covid-19 emergency.
Ducati Team riders Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci, Pramac Racing Team riders Jack Miller and Francesco Bagnaia and Johann Zarco, the standard-bearer of the Esponsorama Racing Team are the riders who contributed with their placings to the achievement of this goal. Among the most important results taken by the five riders with the Ducati Desmosedici GP bikes, there are undoubtedly Dovizioso’s victory at the Austrian GP in August and his third-place taken at Jerez, Petrucci’s success at Le Mans in a tricky wet race, the four podiums obtained by Miller in the Austrian GP, the Styrian GP, the penultimate round in Valencia and Portimão, Bagnaia’s second place at his home track in Misano Adriatico and Zarco’s third place in Brno.
In addition to Ducati’s success, today was Andrea Dovizioso’s emotional last race aboard the red machine from Borgo Panigale after eight seasons, which saw him finishing second in the Championship for three years in a row (2017-2018-2019), and taking a total of 14 wins, 40 podiums and six pole positions with the factory team. At Portimão, a track introduced on the MotoGP calendar this year, Andrea was the protagonist of a good performance: starting from twelfth on the grid, the rider from Forlì found immediately a good pace that allowed him to rejoin the battle for fifth towards the end of the race. Dovizioso crossed the finish line in sixth place, scoring important points for the Standings which see him closing the 2020 season in fourth place, just 4 points behind Rins in third place.
Also for Danilo Petrucci, today it was his last GP after two years with the Ducati Team and four with the Pramac Racing Team. Six seasons aboard the Ducati Desmosedici GP full of emotions, like the extraordinary victory at Mugello last year and the second success in MotoGP taken this year in France. After starting from eighteenth on the grid, Danilo closed a difficult race in sixteenth place, while, in the overall standings, Petrucci closes the 2020 season in twelfth position overall with 78 points.
In the team classification, the Ducati Team closes in fourth place with 213 points.
“It certainly wasn’t an easy race today starting from twelfth on the grid, but I’m happy because we managed to make a good comeback and finish ahead of some of our direct rivals in the Championship, reaching fourth place in the standings, which was our main goal. It was my last race with Ducati: in the last four years we have been able to do something extraordinary, and I never thought I would be so excited to see the joy that our results have been able to produce in our fans! It’s the magic of our sport, and I’m happy to have experienced it! After these eight seasons, there have been wonderful relationships within my team, which I will surely miss very much!”
“I would have liked to have ended my adventure in Ducati with a better result, but unfortunately today was a tough race. I want to thank all the people who work in Ducati, first of all to my team, because during these six seasons on the Desmosedici GP bike I have been able to achieve several successes and two victories in MotoGP! I’m happy to have been part of Ducati in these six years of my career.”