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No MotoGP wildcard for Davies in 2017, says Ducati boss

  • By cannonball

Aruba Ducati WorldSBK rider Chaz Davies won’t be getting a MotoGP wildcard for Christmas, according to boss Paolo Ciabatti, as the test team already has its hands full developing the non-winged GP17.

And the likeable Italian added Ducati wants to focus Davies on winning the WorldSBK title in 2017.

“There is no plans for the near future,” confirmed Ciabatti, who is Ducati Corse Sporting Director & MotoGP Project Director. “Our target for the 2017 season is clear: we want to win the world superbike title, so there is no need of extra distractions or to take additional risks.

“I know that this is a wish of the rider, but at the moment we are fully focused to validate the GP17. We are working at the development of next year machine so there is no space for other tests. The first riders to return on track will be Michele Pirro and Casey Stoner at Sepang at the end of January, followed by the factory riders Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo for the official IRTA test on the Malaysian track. Pirro and Stoner will remain for the whole length of the test.”