World Superbike: Michale Ruben Rinaldi indicators new Ducati deal

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Rinaldi’s place at Ducati had seemed to be unsure for a while, with ex-MotoGP rider Danilo Petrucci rising as a number one candidate to switch him on the again of his title assault in MotoAmerica. 

The championship is because of be determined at Alabama this weekend and Eurosport had reported that Petrucci has a clause in his contract that ensures him a manufacturing facility WSBK seat ought to he go on to win the title.

There was additionally stress inside Ducati’s WSBK camp, with Axel Bassani persevering with to impress aboard the Motocorsa satellite tv for pc bike and making a powerful case for a commencement to the works group.

Nevertheless, Ducati has determined to position its religion in Italian rider Rinaldi, handing him a one-year contract for the 2023 season.

He’ll once more group up with present championship chief Alvaro Bautista, who rejoined Ducati at the start of 2022 on a multi-year contract.

“I’m very blissful to race once more subsequent 12 months for Racing – Ducati as a result of I firmly consider on this undertaking,” mentioned RInaldi.

“I’m very assured that in 2023 we will reap all the pieces now we have sown along with the group. I would be the first to work even more durable, each in coaching and on 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 in me. I can not wait to be in Barcelona to get a great end result and repay this confidence. And I’m positive that 2023 can be an awesome 12 months for us.”  

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Rinaldi hasn’t managed to attain a win in his second season with Ducati thus far and has additionally didn’t match the performances of teammate Bautista, who’s the favorite for this 12 months’s title.

Nevertheless, the 26-year-old has been commonly ending contained in the factors, along with his third podium of 2022 at Magny-Cours elevating him to fourth within the standings forward of Yamaha counterpart Andrea Locatelli.

Crucially, Rinaldi’s outcomes have additionally helped Ducati solidify its lead within the producers’ standings over Yamaha and Kawasaki with simply 5 rounds nonetheless to go in 2022.

“Michael Rinaldi is a younger rider who grew up in Superbike with Ducati and has confirmed time and time once more that he’s very quick and is aware of tips on how to profit from the potential of the Panigale V4R machine,” mentioned Ducati sporting director Paulo Ciabatti.

“That is why we’re additionally blissful to rely on him for the following Championship. With an additional 12 months of expertise with the official Racing – Ducati group, we’re satisfied that he’ll be capable to aspire to much more vital ends in 2023.”

Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Racing Ducati

Picture by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Photographs

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