Portugal – Portimão – WorldSBK 2020: Redding leaps into Bautista’s factory Ducati – Used DUCATI

WorldSBK 2020: Redding leaps on Bautista’s factory Ducati

Portugal - Portimão - WorldSBK 2020: Redding leaps into Bautista's factory Ducati - Used DUCATI

It’s official: Scott Redding will join Chaz Davies in the Ducati Aruba.it 2020 team. The former MotoGP rider and great British Superbike host this year will take the place of the revelation – then disillusionment? – of this year in WSBK: the "rookie" Alvaro Bautista… Explanations.

The 2020 World Superbike field continues to be set up! After the surprise announcement of the, Ducati confirms a rumor that had been hanging around for several weeks in the paddocks: Scott Redding will replace Alvaro Bautista next year.

The collaboration between the Bologna firm and the Spanish n ° 19 in World Superbike only lasted one year. And yet, the 2019 season had started in a thunderous way: 11 victories in a row (!) In the first four events !

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It was unfortunately from Imola that the new Ducati recruit and his brand new Panigale V4R for the first time missed the top step of the podium … and that Jonathan Rea and his Ninja ZX-10RR returned to the race. victory! Under pressure by the ruthless "JR", Bautista multiplied the errors…

The scores of the "beginner" have gradually decreased while those of the "Number One" of the discipline have continued to climb. From 53 points in Assen, Bautista’s provisional lead over Rea rose to 43 in Imola, 41 in Jerez, 16 in Misano … Then it reversed from Donington Park (-24 pts!) And exploded in Laguna Seca (-81 !!!).

Portugal - Portimão - WorldSBK 2020: Redding leaps into Bautista's factory Ducati - Used DUCATI

In a strong position to negotiate a – juicy! – contract renewal during the first third of the season, Bautista then saw his rating plummet exponentially, especially with his Italian employer. Because other Reds – those from Tokyo – would have made him a more attractive proposition. But this is another story…

The Bologna Reds, meanwhile, have finally decided to hand over their second racing bike – the first remaining the property of Chaz Davies, who came out of Bautista’s shadow at Laguna Seca – to their top rider in the British Superbike Championship. : Scott Redding.

Portugal - Portimão - WorldSBK 2020: Redding leaps into Bautista's factory Ducati - Used DUCATI

Admittedly, the English driver was overtaken in the provisional classification by his Australian teammate No. 25 at PBM, Josh Brookes. However, without Andrew Irwin’s overly muscular attack in the latest race at Cadwell Park, the "rookie" Redding would undoubtedly still occupy the lead of the BSB….

The n ° 45 is nevertheless already qualified for the final phase of the British championship, the "famous Showdown". More importantly, the 2013 Moto2 runner-up has caught the eye of top Ducati officials: he’s guaranteed to step up in World Superbike next year, whether he wins the BSB title or not. !

Back in the motorcycle speed world championship…

“Although I am looking forward to this new challenge, the PBM team and the BSB fans, who have given me incredible support this season, will miss me. They are a great team and a fantastic championship which, together have rekindled my love of racing. I hope I can count on the same support from the BSB fans at Donington Park next year! "he tweeted with happiness yesterday on social media.

Portugal - Portimão - WorldSBK 2020: Redding jumps on the factory Ducati of Bautista - Used DUCATI

The one who has long remained the youngest winner in the history of Grand Prix thanks to his victory at Donington in GP 125 at the age of 15 years and 170 days (beaten last year by the Turkish Can Oncu!) Is perfectly aware that its beautiful first – and unique? – BSB season offers him an almost unexpected opportunity to relaunch his international career. Like Leon Haslam, titled in BSB on Ninja in 2018 and returned this season in WSBK at Kawasaki…

Redding, his hairstyles even more improbable than those of Bautista, his innumerable tattoos, his tongue hanging out and his 27 years (January 4, 2020) will reciprocally be interesting contributions to the World Superbike Championship, which some consider too smooth because contested by "good fathers of families".

Portugal - Portimão - WorldSBK 2020: Redding leaps into Bautista's factory Ducati - Used DUCATI

Next year, Scott Redding will share his box with the pillar of the factory Ducati team: Chaz Davies, the Welsh rider with the face of an angel. Will this new shock duo succeed in overthrowing Kawasaki in 2020 … or in defending titles won with the future-ex-official driver Alvaro Bautista ?

Remember that Ducati and Kawasaki are separated by only one point in the manufacturers’ standings with 436 and 435 points respectively! The Kawasaki Racing Team, on the other hand, has a clear advantage over the Ducati Aruba.it team: 635 points to 536. Business to follow: stay tuned !


Scott redding
“I am very happy to join the Ducati Aruba.it Racing team, which I have wanted for a long time because being able to work with a team that can fight for a world title is really a great opportunity for me. Obviously I have to. now to focus entirely on the British Superbike Championship: I want to try to win this title with the Ducati Be Wiser before returning to a world championship. Many thanks to everyone who helped make this dream come true. already looking forward to getting on the factory Panigale V4 R in the Superbike World Championship ".

Stefano Cecconi, Ducati Aruba.it team boss
"It is with great pleasure that we welcome Scott to our team. Although he is a beginner in BSB, discovering the Panigale V4 R and many tracks that he has never seen before, Scott is He’s shown to be quick from the start and able to aim straight for the title, which is why we have followed him with interest and been impressed with his form, even before having to look for a teammate for Chaz for the seasons to come. I’m convinced that with his determination and his experience, he will be fast from the start, even on the bike in WSBK configuration (with much more sophisticated electronics, Editor’s note). I want to say goodbye to Alvaro and thank him for the incredible emotions he has given us this year, he will for sure be a tough opponent to beat! We must nevertheless focus on the current season: we are no longer ahead, but the battle for the world title is still open and we are committed to concluding our coll aboration in the best possible way ".

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