Speaking to Gazetto dello Sport earlier this month, Lorenzo suggested Ducati’s primary motivation in promoting Petrucci was so it could afford a larger wage for Dovizioso.
He was quoted as saying: “They should have remembered they have a three-time world champion and tried to give him what he needed.
“Instead they were focused on increasing Dovizioso’s salary, as he had won some races, and taking a [second] rider who was cheaper.”
“When Ducati chose me, I was the best Ducati rider in the standings, and Jorge had not yet won a race,” Petrucci said of Lorenzo’s comments.
“If Ducati had to choose today, I think they would have kept him, because now he is going very strongly. But I think everyone took the opportunities they had.
He added: “I think I was chosen because I have a great rapport with Dovi and we can do a great season next year, ensuring that Ducati has the best bike of everyone.