Sports director Ducati MotoGP Paolo Ciabatti says he is on Danilo Petrucci to prove he deserves his promotion for the factory team as a replacement for Jorge Lorenzo from 2019.
The Pramac Petrucci driver was chosen for his partner Andrea Dovizioso in the Ducati Team in 2019, when he split with Lorenzo, who then secured Honda's move.
Unlike other MotoGP MotoGP drivers, Petrucci has only one year of contract and will be under pressure early next year to earn a renewal of the contract.
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Miller was a little hiding the fact that Petrucci's goal for the campaign in 2020 was to miss promotion in 2019 in favor of the Italian.
Asked if Petrucci's one-day agreement meant he would be under pressure to prove himself to Dukat, Ciabatti told Autosport: "That's a bit true.
"Riding for the official team means a lot of pressure, both from the media and sponsors. He must show that he can often get to the podium.
"Daniel needs to see an upcoming season as a chance once in a lifetime."
Petrucci did not enter MotoGP through the usual Moto3 / Moto2 grand prix feeder route instead of establishing a career in Superstock races.
He had a MotoGP break with a small team in 2012 after he won the Superstock 1000 title and spent three years before he moved to Pramac Ducati.
"His career to this point was very special and we believe he deserves the opportunity to be offered," Ciabatti added.
"But he must show us that the decision we made is correct.
"It's true that his two-year contract will give him even more peace, but Ducati must be sure that his two drivers are able to win the race.
"So I think that an annual contract was the most suitable one".
Petrucci returns to the finals of this weekend in the Valencia finals, aiming to win the Independent Honors, which makes five points behind Johan3 Zarco Tech3 Yamaha in the table.
The 28-year best result this season was the second in Le Mans, his only time on the podium of the current campaign.
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