Andrea Dovizioso will partner Nicky Hayden at Ducati next season after signing a two year deal with the Italian squad. Dovizioso has impressed on board a satellite Yamaha in 2012, claiming five podium finishes and will now fill the void left by Valentino Rossi.

Ducati President Gabriele Del Torchio hopes the new partnership will help the team move closer to the front of the grid after almost two years without a victory.

“The agreement reached with Andrea Dovizioso confirms the company’s primary interest in racing, which is an active and strategic part of Ducati’s DNA and heritage. It is with great pleasure that I welcome Andrea, as we marshal our best efforts in confronting the MotoGP World Championship. Along with Nicky Hayden, with whom we have renewed a working agreement, we are confident that we will be able to proceed with our development program, to compete, and to obtain the results and rewards that will repay our efforts and the faith that our partners, sponsors and fans have never failed to demonstrate.”

Filippo Preziosi, General Manager of Ducati Corse, acknowledges that a lot of progress needs to be made but feels Dovizioso is the ideal rider to lead the recovery.

“Andrea’s technical sensibility and test-riding abilities are of great value, as are his talent and determination. The knowledge that we will have him on our team and be able to count on his collaboration serves as an additional incentive to continue with the growth and development of our MotoGP project. I’m pleased that he has chosen to be a part of our team. He is aware of the work to be done, and he approaches it with enthusiasm and confidence, which are fundamental requirements for achieving success and for competing in this challenging championship.”