Ducati Moto3 project would start in 2018 at the earliest, says its sporting director Paolo Ciabatti. Ducati joined MotoGP as a factory team in 2003 and has since won 33 races and one world championship with Casey Stoner in 2007.
Next year, the Desmosedici GP17s will be piloted by Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso in MotoGP. The Ducati race machines are used by three other satellite teams. Now, the factory is looking to increase its reach by entering the junior class.
Honda, alongside with KTM and Mahindra are currently competing in the Moto3 class. The Japanese manufacturer also suppliesenginesfor the Moto2 race machines.
Next year, KTM is entering MotoGP & Moto2 at the same time. This creates a real pathway for young riders to develop their skills and machinery through three classes with the same manufacturer.
Ciabatti said, "Most of the riders who are moving up to MotoGP, they come from Moto2 and obviously many of them have been successful in Moto3.
"On the Ducati side, we have several satellite teams so obviously we have a possibility in MotoGP to place some promising riders in MotoGP without the pressure of a factory team. Moto3 is something interesting, but it's not a plan, it's something we're thinking about."
He added, "It's not going to happen next year because decisions have not been made yet but eventually if everything goes right with our MotoGP project we might consider a Moto3 bike."
The Borgo Panigale factory also runs a factory team in the WorldSBK championship, with Carl Fogarty, Troy Bayliss, James Toseland and Neil Hodgson winning the title for the team since 1988.
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