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WSBK Superbike 2023: No Danilo Petrucci with Alvaro Bautista! Michael Rinaldi reconfirmed.

A second talked about, the speculation of the return of Danilo Petrucci within the championship of bikes from the collection, this time within the Superbike class alongside Alvaro Bautista, didn’t succeed. Michael Ruben Rinaldi is subsequently formally reconfirmed for 2023 within the official Racing – Ducati group.

The Racing – Ducati group with Michael Rinaldi using the official Ducati Panigale V4R additionally for the 2023 WorldSBK season

The Racing – Ducati group is happy to announce the extension of the contract of Michael Rinaldi who will pilot the official Ducati Panigale V4R additionally within the 2023 WorldSBK season. The Racing – Ducati group thus completes its group which can see the Italian rider alongside Alvaro Bautista within the subsequent Superbike World Championship.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi was born in Rimini on December 21, 1995 and began racing in minimotos on the age of seven, successful the Italian Championship in 2006. After successful the Italian Sports activities Manufacturing Championship in 2011, he confronted in 2014 his first worldwide expertise within the European Superstock 600 championship, which he ended as vice-champion in 2015. In 2016, Rinaldi rode the Ducati Panigale R of the Racing – Junior group within the FIM SuperStock 1000 championship, ending sixth after which conquering the European Championship title on the finish of the next season. With the Racing – Junior group, Michael Ruben Rinaldi additionally made his debut in WorldSBK throughout the 2018 season, competing solely in European rounds, then collaborating in all of the occasions of the 2019 championship with the group. Barni Racing. In 2020, Rinaldi achieved his first WorldSBK success with Staff Go Eleven’s Panigale V4R in Race-1 at Aragon, a weekend that additionally noticed him attain the rostrum in Race Superpole (P3) and in Race-2 (P2).

The 2021 season noticed the Italian rider be absolutely the protagonist of the Misano spherical, with two victories (Race-1 and SPR) and a second place (Race-2).
Rinaldi then took his third victory in Race-2 in Barcelona, ​​ending the 2021 season in fifth place within the Superbike World Championship standings.

Throughout this season, Rinaldi has been on the rostrum twice at Misano, and as soon as over the last race held at Magny-Cours: this second place throughout the French spherical allowed him to climb to fourth place within the present WorldSBK standings.

Stefano Cecconi (Staff Principal – Racing – Ducati).
“Michael has the potential to be one of many quickest riders within the Superbike World Championship and he has been capable of show it time and time once more. Our lengthy journey collectively might be prolonged a minimum of till the top of 2023, thus giving continuity and preserving the present configuration of the group which additionally permits us to be first within the constructors’ and groups’ championships. We consider that 2023 would be the yr of ultimate consecration for Michael; on the identical time, we’re assured that in this second a part of the season, we’ll reap the fruits of the work accomplished thus far, by way of satisfaction and consistency of outcomes”.

Paolo Ciabatti (Ducati Corse Sporting Director)
“Michael Rinaldi is a younger rider who grew up in Superbikes with Ducati and has confirmed time and time once more that he’s very quick and is aware of find out how to greatest exploit the potential of the Panigale V4R machine. That is why we’re additionally completely satisfied to have the ability to rely on him for the following championship. With a further yr of expertise with the official Racing – Ducati group, we’re assured that he can aspire to even larger ends in 2023”.

Michael Rinaldi ( Racing – Ducati)
“I’m very completely satisfied to race once more subsequent yr for Racing – Ducati as a result of I strongly consider on this mission. I’m very assured that in 2023 we can reap every thing we have now sown along with the group. I would be the first to work even more durable, each in coaching and on the monitor, to get higher outcomes and have the consistency that has been missing thus far. I wish to thank Stefano Cecconi, Claudio Domenicali, Luigi Dall’Igna, Paolo Ciabatti, Serafino Foti, and all of the individuals who trusted me. I am unable to wait to be at Barcelona to get a great consequence and return that confidence. And I am positive 2023 might be an enormous yr for us. »

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