Alvaro Bautista confirms his move to WorldSBK 2019 after signing with the Aruba.it 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 Aruba.it 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.
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 Aruba.it 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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