2018 Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Team

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Melandri (33) und Davies (7) führen die Panigale R 2018 eine letzte Saison aus – was die V-Twin-Freaks weltweit ein wenig traurig stimmen wird, nach 30 Jahren glorioser Zweizylinder-Geschichte in der Superbike-WM. Der Herr mit dem Block, der zu sagen scheint »Sniff, reiche mir prego mal jemand vorsorglich ein Taschentuch…«, ist Ducatis Racing Press Officer und general good guy Julian Thomas.

Nach der Saison 2017, die mit dem zweiten Platz in der Meisterschaft für Chaz Davies endete, peilt das Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Team nun optimistisch die Superbike-WM 2018 an. In Arubas Rechenzentrum in Ponte San Pietro stellte das Team die Fahrer und das Motorrad für die kommende Saison vor, die Ende Februar beginnen wird. Aruba.it und Ducati bestreiten jetzt bereits die vierte gemeinsame Saison in der WM. Bisher wurden 24 Siege und 74 Podestplätzen erobert. 2018 starten Chaz Davies und Marco Melandri das letzte Mal mit der Panigale R. Ziel ist einmal mehr der Titel, um dem Twin einen gebührenden Abgang zu verschaffen, denn 2019 wird die neue Ducati Panigale V4 in der WM debütieren. 2017 eroberten Davies und Melandri zusammen 31 Podestplätze und insgesamt 8 Siege. Davies wurde in den letzten drei Jahren zweimal WM-Vize.

 

Während der Teampräsentation wurde auch das Aruba.it Racing – Junior Team vorgestellt. Nachdem Michael Ruben Rinaldi letzte Saison den European Superstock 1000 Titel gewonnen hat, darf der Italiener nun in die Superbike WM aufsteigen und an allen europäischen Rennen im Sattel einer Panigale R teilnehmen. Als nächstes folgen die  Vorsaisontests in Phillip Island (19. bis 20. Februar), am nachfolgenden Wochenende (23. bis 25. Februar) steigt dann der Saisonauftakt auf der gleichen Strecke in Australien.

Spannende Aussicht am Arbeitsplatz der Werksfahrer.

Die Stimmen der Protagonisten im O-Ton:

Luigi Dall’Igna, Ducati Corse General Director
„The level of performance reached with the Panigale R, also thanks to the synergy between the MotoGP and SBK projects at Ducati, made us a stable title contender over the past three years. This is what we aim to be in what will be the last year on track with the V-twin, which we want to honour with the highest achievement. Development never stops, and the new rules, in particular the engine-rev limit, represent an exciting new challenge. Our factory riders, Chaz and Marco, have proved their worth time and time again, so we’ll do our best to put both in a condition to fight for the title.“

Davies, Melandri

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #7)  „It will be an emotional season. This is my fifth year on track with the Panigale R. I’ve won several races with this bike, which triggers many special memories, so it will be an honour to properly send it off before the Panigale V4 debuts on track. The injury sustained last November has kept me busy during the winter break. I worked hard to make sure I’m ready for the season opener. The new rules for sure will make it more interesting for the public. We just need to do our homework but I don’t see any reasons why we shouldn’t be as competitive as in the past. We’re working hard and there are upgrades in the pipeline for Phillip Island. We’re ready to battle.“

Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #33)  „This season I can count on one year of experience with the Panigale R, and I want to make it count, especially in tough times. Last year we clinched many podium finishes but in some cases we found ourselves struggling and that’s the first thing we need to improve. I think the new regulations will bring more riders into the podium fight, so we need to be more consistent. We know which areas we need to focus on, so we only have to get our heads down to it. We want to achieve bigger goals.“

Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Junior Team #21) 
„After seizing the title in the Superstock 1000 European Championship, the chance to debut in WorldSBK is a dream come true. Having raced with this team and the Panigale R for the past two years is a good opportunity, but in the top class several variables change and the competition is tougher than ever. Our priority is to gain experience and try to learn as much as possible to improve in every aspect. If we manage to do that, the results will come.“

Vorne + hinten schlank und rank.

Stefano Cecconi, Aruba S.p.A. CEO and Team Principal 
„We’re ready to take on a new challenge with great enthusiasm. The first goal is always to do better than the previous season, and this means we have to aim for the number one spot, also to finish in the best possible way the era of the Panigale R before the V4 debuts on track. Chaz and Marco have all the necessary qualities to race constantly at the top, so it’s up to us to give them a chance to fully express their potential. Also, we decided to move to SBK with the Aruba.it Racing – Junior Team and Michael Ruben Rinaldi, a young rider with plenty of potential. We’ll try our best to be protagonists, both in the present and the future.“

Rinaldi, Melandri, Davies plus Bikes plus Teammitglieder.

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