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One MotoGP rider goes into 2019 with the chance of a lifetime, but also a contractual situation that suggests his team lacks faith in him. Will he prove to be a stopgap chosen in too much haste, or a surprise star?
Among the 12 factory riders in MotoGP this year, one finds himself in a unique - and, some would say, somewhat precarious – position heading into the new season.
Danilo Petrucci certainly has big shoes to fill in 2019. He was handed the chance of a lifetime by the works Ducati outfit in what many observers regard as a hastily-made decision by company CEO Claudio Domenicali, who had lost patience with star signing Jorge Lorenzo's lack of progress.
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