Michael Ruben Rinaldi faces his fourth season – third full-time – in the World Superbike Championship with a fourth different team, but onboard the same machinery as in 2019 and 2020: the Ducati Panigale V4 R. He has a new challenge in 2021 as he joins the factory Ducati team after a breakout 2020 season where he took Team GoEleven to the top step of the podium for the first time.
First joining the WorldSBK paddock in 2014, Rinaldi joined the European Superstock 600 class taking a best result of fifth around his home circuit of Imola. Rinaldi made the switch from Yamaha to Kawasaki for the 2015 season and took his first win at Jerez.
Making the step up into the European Superstock 1000 class for 2016, Rinaldi was able to learn a lot in his rookie season, before securing the European Superstock 1000 title in 2017 with four victories overall.
In 2018, the Italian rider moved up to WorldSBK with the Aruba.It Racing – Junior Team, showing promising performances in the European rounds, before he took part in the full 2019 season with Independent Champions Barni Racing. A best result of fourth saw Rinaldi take 13th in the championship standings, before making the switch to Team GOELEVEN for 2020. Rinaldi and Team GOELEVEN claimed Independent honours for both team and rider in 2020, partially down to Rinaldi’s stunning Teruel Round where he claimed one victory and three podiums; battling with Scott Redding and Jonathan Rea as he made his claim for the factory Ducati seat.
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