Danilo Petrucci will leave Pramac at the end of the 2018 MotoGP season as he looks for a position at a factory team.
The 27-year-old joined Pramac in 2015 after three seasons in MotoGP, but has recently said in an interview that 2018 would be his last year with the team.
Petrucci has the potential option to move up to factory team Ducati, and was in discussions with Aprilia earlier in the season.
“[Pramac owner] Paolo Campinoti and I are both aware: he pulled me out from hell, but we knew this would be our last year together,” said Petrucci in an interview with Gazzetta Dello Sport, as reported by Autosport. “I have a contract with Ducati, I have an option that expires in June to step up to the factory team – otherwise I am a free agent.”
He went on to say it would be “the dream” for Ducati to take up the option for him, but that the decision will probably be made during the opening races of the season.
Last season was Petrucci’s best in his MotoGP career, picking up four podiums and finishing eighth in the riders’ standings. His team-mate Scott Redding’s highest finish in 2017 was seventh.