WSBK: Ducati Set Their Sights on Their 2023 Title Defense.  

Published on January 23, 2023
By Jack Hammersley

The Factory Ducati Squad unveil their 2023 Ducati V4R.

The Bologna had a fantastic 2022, lifting all the titles in MotoGP as well as lifting with the World Superbike crown for the first time since 2011 with Alvaro Bautista. 

After a two-year stint with HRC, the number 19 returned to the Italian factory and was the best of the Titanic Trio with Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea. 

The Spaniard took 31 podiums in 36 races with 16 of those podium finishes being race wins. Bautista faced many critics after the 2019 season where he threw away a 61-point advantage in the championship, but Alvaro showed that he had learned from his mistakes and won the championship at Mandalika. 

After winning races in 2020 and 2021, Michael Ruben Rinaldi had hoped to take another step and fight for the championship, however the increase in pace from the Titanic Trio meant that Rinaldi had to fight to be the best of the rest with the half Italian, half Venezuelan finishing in fourth place in the championship standings with four podiums. 

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