It’s not really any surprise given that the Spanish rider currently leads the World Superbike championship by 36 points, but Ducati extend Alvaro Bautista’s WorldSBK contract for 2023. With six race wins and only missing the podium in one race so far, it seems the return to the Italian manufacturer is working well for everyone.
The 37-year-old previously signed for Ducati in 2019, finishing the season as runner up to Jonathan Rea after some inconsistent results and retirements. The 2006 125cc GP World Champion, and former 250cc GP runner-up then spent two years with Honda in WSB, before coming back to once again with the Ducati Panigale V4R.
“I am very happy to be able to continue at least one more year with the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Team, which represents a family to me. I have always felt good with this team and since I have returned, the feelings have been even more positive than in the 2019 season. When something works so well, we can only keep working, looking ahead. I feel I am still at the top, I feel I can still give a lot. Physically and mentally I think this is the best time of my career. I am also delighted to continue working with Ducati, a very important factory, tech-oriented, always looking for development: to be part of this project, of this team is something incredible on a personal level,” said Bautista.