SBK 2022. Aruba Ducati's confidence in Alvaro Bautista
Also in 2023 Bautista will be a Ducati rider. He leads the standings with 6 wins and 12 podiums in 12 races. "I think this is the best moment of my career"
June 29, 2022
C.as is customary, as regards the top rider, the Superbike riders market starts in June and in fact the first to confirm its spearhead was the Ducatithan with the sponsor Aruba he decided to to renew for another year the contract of the current world leader Alvaro Bautista.
Up to now his path has been perfect in that the Spaniard was on the podium in all 12 races dispute, winning half: 6. In his second year with the Bolognese house, Alvaro is confirming all the competitiveness of his bike and his teambut also a growth as a rider, which should protect him from that collapse that characterized his 2019 championship, even if (in Ducati they are allowed to touch iron) that year the downward phase began during the sixth round, and up to now only four have been contested.
Left Ducati, in 2020 Bautista switched to Hondabut due to the problems related to the development of the new CBR 1000 RR-R, the last two years have been a kind of nightmare for him even if, as he himself stated in one of our interviews, it is precisely the difficult seasons that teach about more.
Left the Japanese house, with only three podiums to his creditthe Spaniard is enthusiastically back on the V4, and this renewal for another season only adds to his joy and self-esteem.
The pilot's words
S.am very happy to be able to stay one more year with the Aruba.it Racing Ducati team - he said - which represents for me like a family. I have always felt good in this team and since I returned, the sensations have been more positive than in the 2019 season. When something works so well, you can only keep working, looking forward. I feel I am still at the top, I feel I can still give a lot. Physically and mentally I believe this to be the best moment of my career. I am also very happy to continue working with Ducati, a very important, very technological factory, always looking for development. Being part of this project and this team is something incredible on a personal level.
The comment of the Team Principal Stefano Cecconi
H.or always believed in Alvaro from a sporting point of view and we have always had an excellent personal relationship, even when our paths have temporarily separated. When we decided to bet on him again last summer, someone called this move as a very risky betwhile instead there was the belief on both sides of having made the right choice, and the results obtained so far are confirming this and making us happy. Also for this reason we are pleased to continue our relationship with Alvaro for at least another year. Today we want to make a small departure from the rule and toast to its renewal, but as of tomorrow we will be back to work to prepare ourselves as best we can for the next races. The season is still long and we know that we cannot afford to let our guard down ”.
The comment of Ducati Corse General Manager Luigi Dall'Igna
S.we are very happy to be able to continue together with Bautista also in 2023. As it had already happened in 2019, Alvaro was immediately competitive with our bike starting from the winter tests and, not surprisingly, he is now leading a wonderful season, fighting intelligently for the world title. He is a precise driver, with whom it is easy to work: he has a fantastic driving style that makes it pleasant to watch on TV, but above all it allows him to exploit the full potential of our Panigale V4 R. We are convinced that together we will be able to achieve numerous important goals.