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Sport Rinaldi to step up to WorldSBK with junior Ducati team

19:03  12 january  2018
19:03  12 january  2018 Source:   readsport.co

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After his and the Junior team ’s impressive run in the STK1000 category, Ducati felt stepping up to WorldSBK was the next logical step , with Rinaldi set to contest all of the 2018 season’s European races.

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Reigning European Superstock 1000 champion Michael Ruben Rinaldi will step up to the World Superbike class in 2018 with the Aruba.itDucati Junior team.

The 22-year-old Italian took the STK1000 title in his second year in the series on a Panigale R in 2017, and was linked to potential wildcards in WorldSBK having tested for the factory team at Jerez in November last year.

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After his and the Junior team’s impressive run in the STK1000 category, Ducati felt stepping up to WorldSBK was the next logical step, with Rinaldi set to contest all of the 2018 season’s European races.

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Junior Team ’s second full season campaign, Michael Ruben Rinaldi is set to challenge WorldSBK ’s biggest names as the Italian team prepare to make The 22-year-old will step up to the challenge on a Ducati Panigale R, the same bike on which he won the 2017 title with as a “stock” version.

resulted in a second place in its debut year and a title last season – the Aruba.it Racing - Junior Team is ready to step up to the challenge and compete in the WorldSBK Championship with Michael Ruben Rinaldi , who will ride a Ducati Panigale R.

“I’m obviously very happy for this opportunity,” Rinaldi enthused.

“To be able to keep racing with the Aruba.it Racing – Junior Team after two memorable seasons, and to step up to WorldSBK, with a competitive bike and such a great crew, is a dream come true.

“We will start our season in Aragon, so we’ll try to use the extra time available to be even more prepared.

“The goal is first and foremost to learn as much as possible, and to improve both my riding and my working approach, but clearly we’ll also try to show our potential, because we have all the necessary tools to achieve good results.”

The team will evaluate Rinaldi‘s performances at this year’s European races in order to make a decision on contesting a full campaign in 2019.

“We can count on the experience gained with the official team in the past three seasons on track with the Panigale R, whose potential is clear,” said team boss StefancoCecconi.

“For us, it will be a season during which to learn and grow, but we’re also confident about our chances to put ourselves in the limelight when the opportunity comes.”

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