WorldSBK is growing each and every year and the latest news going around the paddock is that Motocorsa Racing wants to expand their rider lineup for next year.
Currently the Motocorsa Racing squad field one single Ducati which belongs to Axel Bassani. The team has seen decent success with Bassani in his time in WorldSBK, as the Italian has stood on the podium five times for the team.
Ducati as a manufacturer currently have five bikes on the grid, which looks like it could become six in the near future. The addition of another bike to the grid allows for an extra rider to get, or keep, a ride in the World Superbike paddock.
Since there are plenty of rumours around many riders in WorldSBK at the moment the addition of another competitive ride will aid all parties.
“I’m receiving so many requests to race with us, even from riders who, years ago, didn’t even answer my calls." Motocorsa Racing Team Manager, Lorenzo Mauri, told WorldSBK.com.
"Everything about this makes me really happy since I remember very well all the sacrifices we have made over the years. This is the demonstration that the commitment and the resources we have invested are paying off.
"In 2024, we would like to field two bikes. We are evaluating this opportunity. Ducati will remain this way, there will be no new homologations but only small updates. If we decide to take to the track with two bikes, we will do it to be competitive.
"Our next step will be to have two riders. For Motocorsa, it would be a big leap. My ideal rider would have to impress me, they have to be coherent and serious. They have to be willing to make sacrifices like Axel did.”
The Motocorsa Racing squad have had a strong season so far in 2023, Bassani, is currently fifth in the Championship and has one podium to his name.
“We are enthusiastic and very happy with the work done by the team and Axel." said Mauri when reflecting on the 2023 season so far.
"This winter, we spent a lot of time on the development of the bike to further improve the rider’s performance."
"We really believe in Axel: he joined our family when he was a kid. We’ve seen him grow in terms of performance and riding style. The podium was wonderful, for us it was an indescribable emotion,"
"We have an excellent relationship with Ducati, with whom we exchange information on different aspects every day. We want to fight for the Independent Riders’ title. We will do everything to succeed, the Championship is long.”