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Bastianini: Overtaking ‘MotoGP boss’ Marquez for podium fantastic

Enea Bastianini says overtaking “the boss of MotoGP” Marc Marquez on his way to a maiden MotoGP podium in the San Marino Grand Prix was “fantastic”.

European MotoGP: Zarco tops wet FP3 as Rossi returns

Avintia’s Johann Zarco dominated a wet third practice for the MotoGP European Grand Prix, as Fabio Quartararo ended up 3.2 seconds off the pace in 19th and Valentino Rossi returned from COVID-19.

Updated Ducati made Zarco feel “like a factory rider” again

Avintia’s Johann Zarco says a chassis update given to him from Ducati in Tuesday’s Misano MotoGP test made him feel like he was “a factory rider” again.

Bastianini to make MotoGP graduation with Ducati in 2021

Moto2 frontrunner Enea Bastianini has confirmed he has signed for Ducati to step up to MotoGP in 2021, with the Avintia team his likely destination.

Zarco "ready" for factory MotoGP return with Ducati

Johann Zarco thinks he's "ready" to step up to the factory Ducati team in 2021, but believes he needs to score more MotoGP podiums before being considered.

Zarco handed pitlane start penalty for Morbidelli crash

Johann Zarco has been penalised with a pitlane start in the Styrian Grand Prix for his role in the horrific MotoGP crash with Franco Morbidelli a week ago at the Red Bull Ring.

Zarco to miss Friday practice for Styrian GP

Avintia Ducati rider Johann Zarco will miss the opening two practice sessions for the MotoGP Styrian Grand Prix on Friday after failing to meet the requirements to undergo the mandatory medical test ahead of the weekend.

Zarco set for wrist surgery after Austria MotoGP crash

Johann Zarco will undergo surgery on Wednesday after a fracture in his wrist was discovered on Monday following his horror MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix shunt.

Zarco says he was "right to doubt" Avintia last year

Johann Zarco says he was "right to have doubts" about the Avintia Ducati MotoGP squad at the end of 2019, after scoring pole and a third-place in the Czech Grand Prix.

Espargaro: Zarco “didn’t want” to avoid Turn 1 contact

Pol Espargaro says Johann Zarco could have avoided the contact which took him out of the MotoGP Czech Grand Prix, but says the Avintia rider “didn’t want” to.

Zarco: Brno MotoGP pole "bigger step than planned"

Johann Zarco says his MotoGP Czech Grand Prix pole position was “a bigger step than we planned” as he continues to adapt to the Avintia Ducati.

Zarco able to ride more like “Ducati style”

Avintia MotoGP rider Johann Zarco says he is beginning to ride “like Ducati style” on his year-old GP19 after a strong Friday practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Avintia "counting on keeping" Zarco amid Pramac rumours

Avintia MotoGP boss Raul Romero says he is “counting on” keeping Johann Zarco on 2021 and Ducati hasn’t indicated otherwise, amid rumours of a Pramac move for the Frenchman.

Avintia in the "red zone" amid enforced MotoGP hiatus

Avintia Ducati team manager Ruben Xaus admits his squad is in the "red zone" financially owing to the lengthy coronavirus-induced delay to the start of the 2020 MotoGP season.

Zarco will be “less lost” than rivals after MotoGP break

Johann Zarco believes he will be “less lost” than the rest of the MotoGP grid when racing resumes as he’s already had more time off a bike than the others.

Avintia Ducati unveils new MotoGP livery

The Avintia Ducati MotoGP team has unveiled a new livery that it will campaign in the 2020 season.

Zarco thought he'd be faster on Ducati debut

Avintia Ducati newcomer Johann Zarco admits he expected to be faster in his first test outing with the Desmosedici MotoGP bike in Sepang.

Zarco: Lorenzo's Ducati wins "very positive for me"

Johann Zarco says Jorge Lorenzo’s ability to win on the Ducati MotoGP bike is a "positive example" for him ahead of his first season on a Desmosedici in Avintia colours.

Top Stories of 2019, #15: Zarco's never-ending rollercoaster

At number 15 on Motorsport.com's top stories countdown, we look back at an eventful year for Johann Zarco, who after leaving KTM nearly joined MotoGP's best team but instead ended up with its worst team.

Zarco's 2020 move to Avintia finally announced

Johann Zarco's place at the Avintia Ducati squad for the 2020 MotoGP season has been officially confirmed, after he revealed last week that the deal was signed.

Zarco reveals Avintia Ducati deal is signed

Ousted KTM MotoGP rider Johann Zarco has revealed he has signed a deal with Ducati to race for the satellite Avintia squad in 2020.

Avintia had to drop Abraham for MotoGP future security

The Avintia MotoGP team had to split with Karel Abraham to ensure it was in a "secure situation" going forward, says the team's sporting director Ruben Xaus.

Abraham announces MotoGP exit as Zarco's 2020 deal looms

MotoGP regular Karel Abraham says he is out of a ride for 2020 and will conclude his career in the premier class, paving the way for Johann Zarco's full-time return.

Avintia gets improved Ducati MotoGP contract

Avintia has announced the renewal of its contract with Ducati and will receive boosted support, paving the way for Johann Zarco to join the team in MotoGP next year.

Ducati aims to convince Zarco over Avintia ride

Ducati has held talks with Johann Zarco at Valencia on Monday ostensibly aimed at convincing the French rider to take up an offer to join the Avintia MotoGP squad in 2020.

Zarco: Joining Avintia would be "same mistake" as KTM move

Johann Zarco would rather return to Moto2 than join Avintia Ducati in MotoGP, as he believes the latter option would be the "same mistake" as his 2019 move to KTM.

Valencia MotoE: Granado wins, Ferrari's points lead reduced

Avintia rider Eric Granado fought off Hector Garzo and Bradley Smith in an exciting penultimate race of the inaugural MotoE campaign in Valencia.

Granado misses out on MotoGP debut as Rabat stand-in

Brazilian rider Eric Granado has missed out on making his MotoGP debut in the Malaysian Grand Prix after Avintia planned to draft him in to replace the injured Tito Rabat.

Rabat withdraws from Japanese GP after penalty

Avintia Ducati MotoGP rider Tito Rabat has withdrawn from Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi.

Rabat extends Avintia MotoGP deal for two years

The Avintia MotoGP team has announced it has re-signed Tito Rabat for the next two seasons, ending speculation of a potential World Superbike switch for him.

Marquez open to Moto2 stay with MotoGP options scarce

Moto2 form man Alex Marquez says remaining in the intermediate class of grand prix racing next year is a "good option" amid the dearth of available rides in MotoGP.

Abraham "really upset" after synchronised formation lap crash

Karel Abraham was left “really upset” by the synchronised crash on the formation lap of the French Grand Prix, in which he fell and was hit by Joan Mir's Suzuki.

Ducati expects benefit from smaller MotoGP satellite roster

Ducati MotoGP technical chief Gigi Dall'Igna believes the Italian manufacturer will benefit from the “simplification” that will come with fielding fewer satellite bikes in 2019.

Simeon declared unfit for MotoGP finale

Avintia Ducati rider Xavier Simeon will not take part in his final MotoGP race at Valencia, having been declared unfit after a couple of crashes in Friday practice.

Rabat rules out Valencia GP comeback

Injured Avintia Ducati rider Tito Rabat has ruled out contesting the MotoGP season finale in Valencia, and will instead focus on being fit for post-season testing.

Rabat hits the track ahead of Valencia return attempt

Tito Rabat has ridden a motorcycle for the first time since his leg-breaking Silverstone crash ahead of a planned MotoGP comeback in next weekend's Valencia season finale.

Sepang MotoGP race brought forward due to rain threat

The Malaysian motorcycle Grand Prix schedule for Sunday has been revised to counter the threat of rain, with the MotoGP race brought forward by two hours.

Avintia signs Simeon to race in MotoE

Avintia Racing will field its current MotoGP rider Xavier Simeon and Eric Granado in the first ever MotoE season next year, it has been announced.

Miller, Crutchlow made to look like "a**holes" by Ponsson

Jack Miller says he and fellow MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow were left "looking like a**holes” after Misano wildcard Christophe Ponsson's recent statement about his Aragon entry denial.

Abraham insists Avintia seat "not about money"

Karel Abraham insists that signing a deal with Avintia Ducati until 2020 was "not about money", as the team had other options who could have brought bigger sponsorship budgets than him.

Ponsson feels "disgust" over Aragon entry denial

Christophe Ponsson says he has been left feeling “disappointment and disgust” after he was denied a second MotoGP outing as Tito Rabat's stand-in at Avintia Ducati at Aragon.

Avintia picks Torres to replace injured Rabat at Aragon

World Superbike racer and sometime Moto2 race winner Jordi Torres will make his MotoGP debut next weekend at Aragon in place of the injured Tito Rabat.

Espargaro felt "really bad" for Ponsson over debut controversy

Aprilia rider Aleix Espargaro “feels really bad” for Avintia stand-in Christophe Ponsson, whose MotoGP debut at Misano generated controversy within the paddock.

MotoGP stars concerned by Ponsson debut

MotoGP champions Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez have both admitted concern over the circumstances in which Avintia stand-in Christophe Ponsson will make his MotoGP debut at Misano.

Abraham pens two-year Avintia Ducati MotoGP deal

Avintia Ducati has signed Czech MotoGP rider Karel Abraham on a two-year deal, the team has announced.

Avintia names Rabat's replacement for Misano

French rider Christophe Ponsson will make his MotoGP debut at Misano this weekend after he was picked by Avintia Ducati to replace for the injured Tito Rabat.

Rabat's leg "twisted like an S" in Silverstone crash

Avintia Ducati MotoGP rider Tito Rabat has described the Silverstone crash in which he was hit by Franco Morbidelli's bike, saying his leg was "twisted like an S" in the impact.

Rabat to undergo "emergency surgery" after Silverstone crash

Avintia Ducati MotoGP rider Tito Rabat is to undergo "emergency surgery" on Saturday evening after suffering a broken leg in an impact with Franco Morbidelli's bike at Silverstone.

Rabat hospitalised after being hit by Morbidelli's bike

Avintia Ducati MotoGP rider Tito Rabat has been taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg after he was struck by the bike of Franco Morbidelli at a rain-hit fourth practice session at Silverstone.

Fourteen-year-old Perez dies after Spanish Moto3 crash

Spanish Moto3 rider Andreas Perez has passed away after an accident in the second race of the championship's Barcelona round.

Rabat hospitalised after fiery Barcelona test crash

Avintia Ducati MotoGP rider Tito Rabat has been taken to hospital after suffering a major crash during Wednesday's Michelin tyre test at Barcelona.

Gallery: The full 2018 MotoGP grid

The 2018 MotoGP season begins this weekend at Qatar's Losail International Circuit. We run you through the 24-strong grid.

Nieto, Avintia express interest in 2019 Yamaha deal

Two of Ducati's satellite MotoGP teams, Angel Nieto and Avintia, have expressed interest in taking over Yamaha's supply of customer bikes for the 2019 season.

Baz: I proved tall riders can succeed in MotoGP

Loris Baz believes he proved in his three seasons in MotoGP that tall riders can be successful, despite claims his height would force him out of the series.

Rabat feels fast again "like in Moto2" with Ducati

Tito Rabat says his first tests with his new Avintia Ducati MotoGP team have given him the feeling he had in his successful Moto2 days.

Simeon secures 2018 MotoGP graduation with Avintia

The Avintia Ducati MotoGP team has confirmed Xavier Simeon as its second rider for next season, completing a 24-strong grid in the premier class for 2018.

Barbera poised for Pons Moto2 move in 2018

Avintia Ducati MotoGP rider Hector Barbera is poised to join Sito Pons' Moto2 outfit in 2018.

Avintia Ducati signs Rabat for 2018 MotoGP season

MotoGP privateer team Avintia has announced the signing of Spanish rider Tito Rabat for the 2018 season.

Avintia in talks with six riders for 2018 MotoGP seats

As many as six riders are in contention for the two seats at Avintia Ducati for the 2018 MotoGP season, Motorsport.com has learned.

Austria MotoGP: Barbera leads Dovizioso in first practice

Avintia Ducati's Hector Barbera set the pace in the opening MotoGP practice for the Austrian Grand Prix after Andrea Dovizioso's best time was deleted.