On the back of a successful MotoAmerica campaign over in the United States, Danilo Petrucci makes the switch to WorldSBK with the Barni Spark Racing Team for 2023 for his first season in the Championship. Petrucci, a two-time MotoGP™ race winner, fought for the MotoAmerica title in his one and only season Stateside and, equipped with the Panigale V4 R, he will be hoping to make an impact on WorldSBK too. He also brings a bit of unusual experience to the Championship having competed in the Dakar Rally early in 2022, winning one stge.
Petrucci first burst onto the scene in STK600, taking two podiums in 2007 before moving up to STK1000 in 2010. A season on Kawasaki machinery in 2010 put Petrucci ninth in the standings but it was the switch to Barni Ducati a year later that gave him success. Seven podiums, including four wins, propelled him to second in the standings; missing out on the title to Davide Giugliano.
His success in STK1000 earned him a move to MotoGP™ from 2012 where he would become a household name for almost a decade. Two wins, at Mugello and Le Mans, when riding for Ducati were the highlights of his time in MotoGP™ but he also took a total of ten podiums during his time in the paddock. A switch to MotoAmerica for 2022 beckoned and he fought for the title on the Panigale V4 R, finishing 20 points behind Jake Gagne.
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