In the Media: Rinaldi to Barni Racing in 2019?

Wednesday, 5 September 2018 08:23 GMT

Several options are being considered for the young Italian rider

After confirmation that Chaz Davies ( Racing – Ducati) and newcomer Álvaro Bautista will be the two riders to pick up the new factory V4 machines next season, with Marco Melandri ( Racing – Ducati) leaving the team, all eyes are set on the third rider Michael Ruben Rinaldi ( Racing – Junior).

The 2017 European Superstock 1000 Champion made his debut in the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship this season, competing in the European rounds for the red machines. A series of promising performances from the youngster have not harmed his chances of joining the grid again in 2019, but with no official confirmation for the time being.

According to, several options are on the table for Ducati concerning the 22-year-old. One of these would be to continue operating the junior team with Rinaldi at the helm; another, however, would see the Italian joining privateer team Barni Racing, who currently race with leading independent rider Xavi Fores (Barni Racing).

For now, Rinaldi will look to continue raising his stock with more good results in the two final rounds of the European season, at Portimao and Magny-Cours.

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