MotoGP: Ducati confirms interest in Moto3 championship! The big boss says he’s considering it!

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Ducati is looking at entering the Moto3 championship in the (pretty near) future.

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Reports have surfaced in both Indonesia and on www.crash.net this morning that have direct quotes from Ducati Corse boss Paolo Ciabatti.

If the Italian outfit does indeed put some of its focus into the smallest class in GP racing, it is clear that the shift would not effect the MotoGP output. Next season sees the first with three-time woirld champion Jorge Lorenzo for Ducati and clearly that is something that the factory is keen to keep its attention on.

Ciabatti said: “The Moto3 world championship is something that is very attractive to us. But at this time, it is not part of the plan for us. We keep thinking about joining the Moto3 race.

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“That will not happen in the next season though because the decision has not been made by us in time for next year. However, if all goes well on our MotoGP project, we may consider Moto3 after that.

“The route for most riders up to the MotoGP class is from Moto2 and obviously many of them have also been successful in Moto3. But from the standpoint of Ducati we still have some satellite teams in MotoGP so we still have the possibility to put some promising young riders into MotoGP without the same pressure they would feel if they were to join a factory squad directly.”

So with Ciabatti confirming that Ducati is seriously considering joining the single cylinder 250cc four-stroke class it is clearly going to be a statement that prompts a lot of conversation about whether such a move will give birth to a road-going machine also.

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What do you reckon to that? Would you like to see a 250cc Ducati single, of a racy persuasion, out on the roads that you could buy? Yeah, we would too…

Tony Carter

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