WorldSBK: Alvaro Bautista joins Ducati factory team for 2019

  • Alvaro Bautista confirms his move to WorldSBK 2019 after signing with the Racing – Ducati team.

  • The current MotoGP rider for the Angel Nieto squad will be racing alongside his new teammate, Chaz Davies.

  • Both riders in the Ducati factory team will also debut the brand new 1,000cc Ducati Panigale V4 R with hopes to win the championship next season.

Looks like the Racing – Ducati WorldSBK squad is all set for the 2019 season, folks! After the announcement of a brand new signing with the current Angel Nieto MotoGP rider, Alvaro Bautista, the Ducati factory WorldSBK team also confirmed that they’ve also extended their contract with Chaz Davies.

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What’s more exciting is the fact that these two great riders will be racing on the all-new Ducati Panigale V4 R which will run a 1,000cc engine. Although this race machine has not been officially introduced just yet, we have a strong feeling that it’ll make its official debut at the end of the year in EICMA 2019 (together with Davies and Bautista, most probably).

With a refreshed team and a brand new machine, the Racing – Ducati team is looking to bring the fight straight to the other manufacturers in WorldSBK, particularly Kawasaki and Yamaha. It has been a tough season so far and they’re hoping that they’ll turn things around for the better in 2019.

According to Bautista, “For me next season will be a new challenge because I will move from this Champ after 16 years and I will move to World Superbike with Aruba Ducati official team. I’m so motivated, it’s a new challenge for me. I think the confidence Ducati put in me is really good and together we are very strong. I think we can get a good result there and have good fun, it’s a Championship that’s growing, so I look forward to this new challenge and I will also try to enjoy my last races in the MotoGP Championship.”

Brace yourselves, ladies and gentlemen. The 2019 WorldSBK is set to fire things up onto a whole a new level especially with manufacturers scrambling to bring their latest superbike machinery to the grid. Will Kawasaki continue to reign supremacy or will there be a new Superbike King?

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