After one season in MotoAmerica and signing a contract with the Barni Ducati Team, Danilo Petrucci heads to WorldSBK paddock for 2023.
After several weeks of speculation, Danilo Petrucci has decided to make his World Superbike debut in 2023 after signing a contract with the Barni Ducati Team. This is not the first time that Petrucci has suited up with the Barni team. This first time was in 2011. Petrucci expressed, “I’m really pleased to be back with Barni. 2011 was one of my best ever seasons but, more importantly, I couldn’t say no to the chance to race in World Superbike with such a competitive bike. It’s a Championship in which I’ve never competed in, and I can’t wait to measure up against the competition. I want to thank the entire Barni team for giving me this opportunity and everybody that has contributed to making this agreement possible.”
For 2023, Danillo Petrucci will continue to ride the Ducati Panigale V4 R platform as he did in his 2022 season, racing the superbike class in MotoAmerica, with a one-time MotoGP outing with Suzuki. Most of Petrucci’s career highs have been with the Italian brand.
“I’m very happy to welcome Danilo back to the team. As always, we will do our best to provide the rider with everything he needs to be competitive. His talent is not up for debate. We know there’s a lot of work ahead because we’ll be up against riders with a lot more experience in WorldSBK than he has, but, with his motivation and our hard work, we know we can do well. A massive thank to all sponsors or the support in this new adventure and to Ducati.” – Marco Barnabo, Barni Ducati Team Manager.