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Bautista aiming for WorldSBK title as Aruba Ducati unwraps 2022 Panigale

Aruba Ducati presented its 2022 livery on Tuesday showcasing both the Panigale V4R and V2 for WorldSBK and SSP seasons.

The presentation was made from the Misano World Circuit as Alvaro Bautista and Michael Ruben Rinaldi prepared for the upcoming two-day WorldSBK test.

Ducati also looks to begin its inaugural season competing in the Supersport World Championship with Nicolò Bulega joining the Aruba.it Racing WorldSSP squad on the Ducati Panigale V2.


“I am very happy to be back in this fantastic team, with Aruba.it and Ducati,” Bautista confirmed of the team he claimed 16 victories with in his debut WorldSBK year.

“It feels like a real family to me and finding basically the team I worked with in 2019 has been of paramount importance. My feelings with the Panigale V4R were immediately very positive: I think the bike is even more balanced than the one I left.

“With such a competitive team and machine, obviously the goal is to aim for the title. I have more experience, I know the tyres and the format of the competition better, but it will still be crucial to learn from the mistakes of three years ago. Winter tests got me very excited and I can’t wait to get on track at Aragon.”

“The 2022 championship is about to start: it will be my second season with the official team even though I have been part of the Aruba.it family for many years now,” Rinaldi added. “This is why the time has come to reap the benefits we have sown so far. It will not be easy because the competition is huge but I believe that these years together can be a solid base to create something good.

“It will be a very important championship both for me and for the team and my future career could also depend on this season. I will certainly give my best and with the help of the team I am sure we can achieve important results. I’m very happy and I want to thank Aruba.it, Ducati and all the sponsors who have allowed me to take on this fascinating challenge.”

“I’m very motivated for this new adventure,” Bulega concluded. “It’s a great opportunity for me and I feel I have all the requirements to do well.

“The tests have been very positive, I felt comfortable both with the Panigale V2 and with the team, which is very important to me. It’s going to be a tough season for sure and for this reason we need to put our heads together and try to get the most out of every single race.”

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