Danilo Petrucci believes he can go from strength to strength with Ducati after agreeing to stay with the team next season.

The 28-year-old Italian stepped up from the Pramac Racing Ducati squad to join the factory team for the 2019 campaign and sits third in the riders' championship.

Petrucci's new deal was announced ahead of this weekend's German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring, and comes after he proved himself with a breakthrough win at last month's Italian Grand Prix.

He sits just eight points behind team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, who is second in the MotoGP standings after eight rounds, and they will remain the Ducati pairing for 2020.

Petrucci said: "I'm very happy to continue with Ducati for another year. It was my goal ever since the beginning of this new chapter, because we immediately found great chemistry with the team.

"In this first half of the season we were able to progressively increase our competitiveness, taking two podiums and an unforgettable win.

"To renew our collaboration before the summer break makes me even more serene and confident about the future. Now I simply want to stay focused and continue to improve as a rider to achieve even better results on track. We're third in the championship, and we want to finish the season within the top three."

Team general director Luigi Dall’Igna added: "With Danilo on track alongside Andrea, our goal is to fight for the title, both in the riders' and the manufacturers' championships."

Marc Marquez looks to be running away with the MotoGP championship, and will hope to extend his lead by triumphing for a 10th successive time at Sachsenring.

The German Grand Prix is next up, and Marquez - who is in the hunt to beat a personal record - has proved unbeatable across his last nine races in Chemnitz.

Maverick Vinales pipped Marquez to victory in Assen in raceweek eight, however, and the Yamaha rider will be looking to build on his third-place finish in last season's German GP.

Here, we take a look at some of the other key numbers ahead of the race, courtesy of Opta.

9 –If Marquez triumphs, it will be his seventh MotoGP victory at Sachsenring, surpassing the six wins he has at the Circuit of the Americas. He would also overtake Giacomo Agostini as the record-winner in Chemnitz.

3 – Valentino Rossi has abandoned the track in his last three MotoGP races, his worst run since 2011. He has never abandoned four successive races in his 20 seasons in the top category.

2 – Andrea Dovizioso has only finished on the podium in two of his previous 11 appearances at the German Grand Prix, in 2012 and 2016.

16 – After his abandonment in the Dutch TT at Assen, Alex Rins' run of 16 consecutive races in which he collected points came to an end.

15 – Honda have won 15 of 21 MotoGP races at Sachsenring, including each of the last nine.

5 – Andrea Iannone finished fifth in three of his five previous races at the German GP, although he came outside the top 10 in both 2017 and 2018.

75 – This will be Jack Miller's 75th race in MotoGP. He has recorded one win, two podium finishes, one pole position and one fastest lap during his previous 74 outings.

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