ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati Team Manager Serafino Foti reflects on the 2020 season and looks ahead to 2021 with a new rider in the team
2020 was another year of so close yet so far for the ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati team as Scott Redding challenge Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) for the Riders’ Championship although it was able to win the Teams Championship’ ahead of Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK.
Ducati finished second in the Manufacturers’ Championship, just one point behind its Kawasaki rivals, with riders Redding and Chaz Davies finishing second and third in the Riders’ Championship, with ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati taking the Teams’ Championship. Discussing 2020, Foti said: “We finished second and third in the Championship with both riders. We did a good job, but we are not super happy because you can be super happy only when you win the Championship.”
Three riders won a race riding a Ducati throughout 2020 as Redding, Davies and Michael Ruben Rinaldi all claimed victory; Rinaldi riding on the satellite Team GOELEVEN bike. Foti discussed this, saying: “It is the best bike because, with the satellite bike, you can win the race. If Michael won the race, it is a positive thing because also a satellite team that buys our bike, they can try to reach a podium, can try to have a good result.
The ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati team will feature a new rider in 2021 as Rinaldi replaces Davies. Foti explained the thought process behind this decision: “The decision was made because we decided to give Michael a chance. Given his results this year, we believe Michael can achieve really great results in the future.”
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