Ducati is ready to restart for another Superbike season and the goal will be to repeat the triumphs of 2022. After the official presentation of the Aruba Racing team, the time has come to get serious. On Wednesday and Thursday, Alvaro Bautista and Michael Ruben Rinaldi will be in action in the test scheduled for Jerez.
For the first time they will ride the new Panigale V4 R, a bike that is an evolution of the previous one. If the previous version was already extraordinarily competitive, in 2023 pilots will have an even more refined weapon at their disposal to challenge a competition that will be very fierce. Obviously the Italian team starts as favourites, but at the same time they are aware that they will not be given anything. We will have to be focused and give our best to win again.
Ducati Superbike, Gigi Dall’Igna praises Alvaro Bautista
Although Rinaldi has declared that he wants to fight for the Superbike world title, Bautista is obviously Ducati’s natural candidate for the world championship race. He is the reigning champion and certainly has a great desire to regain the crown of the category in 2023.
Gigi Dall’Igna, who has known him since his days in 125 when both were linked to Aprilia, strongly believes in the Spaniard: “I know its qualities – reports Speedweek – and in my opinion he is comparable to Lorenzo as a driver. He hasn’t won enough for his talent“.
Bautista is being compared to Jorge Lorenzo, another whom Dall’Igna got to know very well during his career. However, the Majorcan won five world titles and three of these he obtained in MotoGP. Alvaro, on the other hand, triumphed in 125 in 2006 and then in SBK in 2022. According to the Ducati Corse general manager, he had the potential to rack up more titles. He will try to enrich his wall this year.
Having graduated world champion last season should give him more awareness for 2023. The ghosts of 2019 have completely disappeared and he can race with less weight. With the new Panigale V4 R he has what it takes to experience another triumphant year.CopyAMP code.
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