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WorldSBK: Ducati give clear indication that Nicolo Bulega might substitute Michael Ruben Rinaldi | World Superbikes

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WorldSBK champion Alvaro Bautista was confirmed for the 2024 season previous to the Catalunya spherical in Could, nevertheless, his teammate is but to be confirmed as Michael Ruben Rinaldi seems set to go away Ducati.

In the course of the early levels of 2023 Axel Bassani was as soon as once more tipped to switch the Italian, however with Bulega dominating the Supersport championship, and Bassani anticipated to stay at Motocorsa Ducati, one clear favorite has risen to the fore.

Serafino Foti, Crew Supervisor at Aruba.it Ducati, admitted as a lot when just lately discussing the second manufacturing facility seat.

Foti mentioned: “We have now some choices, however Bulega might be the choice in the intervening time. We haven’t made any determination but and I believe we gained’t announce our 2024 line-up till Magny-Cours.”

Foti’s feedback had been made when additionally discussing the primary half of the 2023 season, which has been closely dominated by Bautista.

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With the reigning world champion 74 factors away from Toprak Razgatlioglu, the 38-year-old might wrap up his second title as early as spherical ten at Aragon.

“Alvaro did an incredible job, he’s gained 18 races and, this 12 months, he reached 50 WorldSBK wins,” mentioned Foti. “That is wonderful in two and a half years with Ducati. It’s unbelievable. 

“We all know our potential, and now it’s time to disconnect. I believe, after the summer time break, we can be stronger. 

“To be sincere, this 12 months, Rinaldi was unfortunate. Typically he was in entrance, typically he crashed, and he was additionally inconsistent. 

“He has unbelievable potential. We’ve seen the info and he’s so quick. He must disconnect. I hope, on the finish of the season, he can combat for the rostrum in each race.”

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