WorldSBK: Aruba.it Ducati unveil 2022 livery and rider line-up
The Aruba.it Ducati WorldSBK squad have unveiled their 2022 riders and livery.
2022 sees Alvaro Bautista return to the Aruba.it Ducati WorldSBK squad this year after a two-year hiatus at Honda, he replaces the outgoing Scott Redding who has made the switch over to BMW, Bautista is joined by the youthful Michael Ruben Rinaldi who picked up a handful of podiums and victories last season and aims to battle for the 2022 World Championship for the Italian marque.
Bautista’s return to the series shows Ducati’s desire to battle for the 2022 WorldSBK title, the Spaniard previously raced for them in 2019 after coming from MotoGP and won the opening 11 races putting immense pressure on reigning champion Jonathan Rea, although he was unable to take the title that time, he knows he has what it takes this year to try and take home the trophy.
Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #19): “I am very happy to be back in this fantastic team, with Aruba.it and Ducati. It feels like a real family to me and finding basically the team I worked with in 2019 has been of paramount importance. My feelings with the Panigale V4R were immediately very positive: I think the bike is even more balanced than the one I left. With such a competitive team and machine, obviously the goal is to aim for the title. I have more experience, I know the tyres and the format of the competition better, but it will still be crucial to learn from the mistakes of three years ago. Winter tests got me very excited and I can’t wait to get on track at Aragon”.
Michael Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #21): “The 2022 championship is about to start: it will be my second season with the official team even though I have been part of the Aruba.it family for many years now. This is why the time has come to reap the benefits we have sown so far. It will not be easy because the competition is huge but I believe that these years together can be a solid base to create something good. It will be a very important championship both for me and for the team and my future career could also depend on this season. I will certainly give my best and with the help of the team I am sure we can achieve important results. I’m very happy and I want to thank Aruba.it, Ducati and all the sponsors who have allowed me to take on this fascinating challenge”.
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