Ducati 2023 MotoGP and WorldSBK Teams Launched

After winning both championships in 2022, the Ducati 2023 MotoGP and WorldSBK teams launched at a joint event in the Alps this week. It was a chance to see the unveiling of the bikes, liveries and riders who will be competing in both series this year.

The Ducati Lenovo Desmosedici GP bikes will be ridden by reigning world champion Francesco Bagnaia, and new team-mate Enea Bastianini, who finished third in 2022 riding for the Gresini Racing team. It’s Bagnaia’s third season riding for the team, and will also mark 20 years since the Italian factory debuted in the premier class in 2003.

Ducati 2023 MotoGP and WorldSBK Teams LaunchedThe 2023 Ducati Desmosedici GP bikes
The 2023 Ducati Desmosedici GP bikes

Alongside the MotoGP machines, the Aruba.it Racing Ducati team were also unveiled with the Panigale V4 R of Alvaro Bautista wearing the number 1 plate. Baustista is once again partnered by Michael Ruben Rinaldi.

Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #19)
“We have a new challenge ahead of us. After a fantastic season in which we won with Ducati in both Superbike and MotoGP, 2023 will inevitably be a difficult year. Racing with the number 1, in fact, means that our objective can only be one: to win. We’ll have a lot of pressure but at the same time we’ll have to keep calm, try to work with high concentration but also with serenity. We’ll have a new bike and even if it won’t be extremely different from the 2022 one, the work that we’ll be able to do before the first race is crucial: we have to fix all the details that will allow us to get the best performance.
I’d also like to address a thought to all the Ducatistas: I’m very proud of all our fans who followed us last season, and I hope that with the result we’ve achieved, in 2023 there will be even more of them supporting us at circuits all over the world. I am a Ducatista and I feel lucky to be able to defend the colours of the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team”.

Michael Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #21)
“I start this new adventure with great enthusiasm. Together with my team we have always made progress in the last two years, managing to improve our results. As a team we won the three titles last season and this means that the package is very strong. During the winter, we have analyzed the points we have to focus on, in order to improve and to be competitive for the title race. I have worked a lot over the last few weeks and I will continue to do so with great dedication as I want to  always be able to express my maximum potential. There will be a lot of new things, also on the bike, so I can’t wait to get started. I want to thank Aruba and Ducati for the opportunity to ride this beautiful Panigale V4 R and be part of such an ambitious team”.

Ducati 2023 MotoGP and WorldSBK Teams Launched, including the Aruba.it squad of Bautista and Rinaldi
The 2023 Aruba.it WorldSBK team of Bautista and Rinaldi

With both Ducati teams fielding the reigning world champions, it’s set to be an interesting season for the Italian motorcycle firm.

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Ducati Begins Building The 2023 MotoE Bikes

With first testing scheduled for March 6-8th 2023 in Jerez, Ducati begins building the 2023 MotoE bikes which will race in the world championship this season. Production started in December 2022, following a year of testing by riders Chaz Davies, Alex De Angelis and Michele Pirro.

The end result is the Ducati V21L prototypes, which will contest the 2023 FIM Enel MotoE World Championship. A total of 23 motorcycles will be finished by mid-February, with 18 race machines and five spares. And the construction process follows the same processes as used on the MotoGP machines created by the Italian manufacturer.

Ducati Begins Building The 2023 MotoE BikesIt's the first season for Ducati to supply the MotoE championship in 2023
It’s the first season for Ducati to supply the MotoE championship in 2023

The 2023 FIM Enal MotoE World Championship Calendar

  • May 13: French Grand Prix
  • June 11: Italian Grand Prix
  • June 18: German Grand Prix
  • June 25: Dutch Grand Prix
  • August 5: British Grand Prix
  • August 20: Austrian Grand Prix
  • September 2: Catalan Grand Prix
  • September 10: San Marino Grand Prix

Whatever your views on electric motorcycles, it’s going to be an unavoidable part of road and racing for the foreseeable future. So it makes sense that Ducati want to be involved at the highest level, and build their experience.

“The start of production of the Ducati MotoE is a historic moment for our company, which with this project is thoroughly studying the technologies of the future for the world of motorcycling. It is an important area of experimentation, in which we are investing to build know-how, so that we will be ready when battery technology should allow the creation of an exciting electric road bike with the weight, performance and range that enthusiasts expect from a Ducati. We are therefore embarking on this new adventure with the aim of developing the people and skills within the company to shape what the character of a future Ducati electric road bike might be.” revealed Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO.

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Senna Agius Will Stand In For Sam Lowes in Moto2

Australian teenager Senna Agius will stand in for Sam Lowes in Moto2, riding with the Elf Marc VDS Team for the rounds in Austria and San Marino. The 17-year-old currently rides in the European Moto2 series for the PromoRacing Team.

Like most outfits in the championship, both teams use the Kalex Moto2 chassis, and Agius has already taken six podiums from eight rounds so far, including two wins at Barcelona. The 17-year-old has previously ridden in the Asia Talent Cup and All Japan National Series after switching from dirt track and motocross.

“Firstly, I’d like to wish Sam a speedy recovery. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the Elf Marc VDS Racing Team for giving me this opportunity to make my debut in the Moto2 World Championship. I can’t wait to get started at the Austrian Grand Prix. This is a big childhood dream of mine and I’m very excited to accomplish it with such an amazing team to learn from. I will give my best to represent the Elf Marc VDS colours.“

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Ducati Extend Alvaro Bautista’s WorldSBK Contract For 2023

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.

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Christian Iddon Joins Danny Kent At Buildbase Suzuki For 2022

British Superbike teams are preparing for the coming season, and one of the big changes is that Christian Iddon joins Danny Kent at Buildbase Suzuki for 2022.

The 37-year-old finished the 2021 season in fourth, and previously achieved third in the final standings in 2021, both times riding a Ducati. But he did previously ride a Suzuki GSX-R1000 in 2015 to a 10th place. Last year, he was challenging for the title throughout, taking a number of wins and podiums.

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