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Why Marquez is the key to Pramac’s continuation with Ducati in MotoGP

Could Campinoti end Pramac's relationship with Ducati to join forces with Yamaha?

Pramac has until the summer to unilaterally validate the agreement that would allow it to remain the only team with full factory support from Ducati in 2025 and 2026. Renewing the agreement would maintain its current conditions, so that the two riders in its line-up would be hired directly by the Bologna factory, and both would have the latest generation of Desmosedici that are identical to those of the two riders in the official workshop.

That privileged position, which currently gives access to the best bikes on the grid, was in danger of being blown to bits when Yamaha entered the scene. In the Japanese manufacturer’s eagerness to regain the satellite team it has not had since the end of 2022, it presented Pramac owner Paolo Campinoti with a very tempting offer.

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After being turned down by VR46, which had always been Yamaha’s first choice as a future partner, the Iwata-based company entered into negotiations with Pramac. A member of the Japanese team, who expects an answer around the Italian GP at Mugello, told told Autosport at Le Mans: “Our first alternative was always VR46, but we couldn’t convince them. So plan B is Pramac, and we hope they will accept the offer we have made them.” 

Pramac has, on the one hand, the possibility of continuing with Ducati in 2025-26 with a deadline on this decision expiring in July. The benefits offered by the Yamaha route are interesting for a satellite team, but the sporting aspect detracts a lot considering the M1 package’s current lack of competitiveness.

The competition between Pramac and VR46 to become Ducati’s preferred team was the main reason why Campinoti sat down to listen to Yamaha’s offer. He has been seriously considering it, understanding that he will struggle to keep the current agreement conditions with Ducati beyond 2026.

Could Campinoti end Pramac’s relationship with Ducati to join forces with Yamaha?

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Another factor that jeopardises the Ducati relationship that made Pramac the best team in 2023, plus Jorge Martin the runner-up and current leader of the championship, is the Italian manufacturer’s firm decision to reduce spending on the salaries of its riders. The signing of Fermin Aldeguer for 2025, with a base salary of around €300,000, is the maximum exponent of this philosophy.

The change paints a discouraging picture for Campinoti, who saw himself in 2025 with Franco…

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