Rinaldi pens emotional message to Ducati after losing factory ride
On Tuesday, Rinaldi officially lost his seat in the Aruba.it Ducati WorldSBK team to Nicolo Bulega, ending his three-year tenure with the team. Rinaldi started his Superbike journey with the Aruba.it Racing Junior team before joining the main team in 2021. Ducati expressed interest in keeping Rinaldi on a Panigale V4 R, but it is unlikely as he may be considering factory rides at Kawasaki or Honda. If he leaves Ducati, it will mark the end of a six-year partnership. Despite strong performances in 2023, Rinaldi has struggled with consistency and has yet to win a race, unlike his teammate Alvaro Bautista. Rinaldi expressed gratitude for the support he received and the achievements they accomplished together, including winning the Teams’ and Manufacturers’ titles in 2022. He is determined to push forward in the 2023 season.