With the MotoGP transfer market already in full swing ahead of 2025, Ducati appear not to have written off Enea Bastianini.
For 2025 almost all grid riders in MotoGP are released from their current contracts. The only “certain” from now on are Brad Binder, who has secured his place on the Red Bull KTM Racing roster until 2026, as well as the Luca Marini and Johann Zarco with Repsol Honda and LCR Honda respectively and for 2025 – and possibly the Pedro Acosta with the camp of the Austrians.
And as is natural given all the above, the MotoGP silly season for 2025 has already startedwith interest of course in what's next happening to be focused first and foremost on the 2022 and 2023 garage of champions.
With Francesco Bagnaia it is more than certain that will retain his position as the #1 rider in the Ducati Lenovo Team and for 2025 (p.s.: all indications are that the announcement of the two-time World Champion's contract renewal with the Borgo Panigale factory team will be made before the first race of the year, less than a month from today), the spotlight falls on the vacant second rider position in the team in view of 2025, which he will continue to hold for 2024 Enea Bastianini.
With Jorge Martin having boldly stated that his “move” to the factory team is a one-way street if he decides to continue racing with Ducati in 2025Enea Bastianini seems to be regaining the confidence of the Italian team officials after the speed he showed in the first official tests completed a few days ago in Sepang, Malaysia.
Last year, Enea Bastianini had a year he certainly wants to forget. He lost nine games in total due to injuries, including the first five races of the year – his maiden as a factory team rider. Additionally, when he returned to active action, the Italian he struggled quite a bit to adapt to the Desmosedici GP23.
In contrast, 2024 seems to start with them better omens for him Italo, with Enea Bastianini preparing for a 'comeback' by setting the third fastest time in Sepang testing, just behind Jorge Martin and Francesco Bagnaia.
These performances certainly satisfied the managers of the Ducati Lenovo Team, with Davide Tardozzi, Team Manager of the group, to declare:
“Enea is satisfied after a very bad year he had last year, when he had confidence problems on the bike, with all the injuries and the accident in the first race in Portimao – he had a heavy load on his shoulders.
“He had a good race in Malaysia but struggled until the last race in Valencia. But now it's another rider, it's Enea Bastianini that we saw in 2022. And we're really sure he'll be one of the title contenders this year.”
Davide Tardozzi also praised the teamwork of both Enea Bastianini and Francesco Bagnaia at Sepang.
“I have to thank Pecco and Enea for how they worked as a team with the engineers. They exchanged a lot of ideas with each other, talked a lot about the new parts and I can see that they trust each other. And that helps the engineers a lot.”
However, it will all be proven on the track, with results through the first half of the year deciding everyone's fortunes ahead of the transfer window with 2025 in the background.