Confirming this week that he will be leaving Ducati at the end of 2020, Danilo Petrucci's exit had been on the cards since last year's Valencia MotoGP finale. Circumstances and a dip in form have worked against him, but Petrucci is a rider who still deserves his place on the grid.
In the last few seasons, the MotoGP front-runners have begun to focus their efforts on young riders. Now that Ducati has signed 25-year-old Jack Miller to its factory team, it suggests the experienced riders' days at the front are numbered.
Aleix Espargaro has revealed he is "really close" to finalising a deal to remain with the Aprilia MotoGP team in 2021 and beyond, admitting that such a contract would likely be his last before retirement.